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Welfare reform on the Web (February 2007): Homelessness - UK

Beating the bias

N. Morah

Roof, Jan./Feb. 2007, p.38-39

Black and minority ethnic groups are three times more likely to face homelessness than their white counterparts. In response, the Commission for Racial Equality as produced a statutory code of practice on racial equality in housing which came into force on October 1st 2006. The code covers all aspects of discrimination from local authority housing and regeneration policy and racial harassment to allocation procedures.

Fobbed off

B. Rashleigh

Roof, Jan./Feb. 2007, p.34-35

Presents a case study of how Thurrock Council in Essex repeatedly failed to accept homelessness applications from a pregnant young woman. This case increases anecdotal evidence that local authorities, under pressure to reduce homelessness acceptances to meet government targets, are failing in their duty to offer assistance and are preventing people from exercising their legal right to make a homeless application.

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