Entitlement and belonging: social restructuring and multicultural Britain

Document type
Discussion paper
Burnett, Jon
Institute of Race Relations
Date of publication
10 March 2016
Housing and Homelessness, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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The government considers the Housing and Planning Bill 2015 and the Immigration Bill 2015, currently going through parliament, as flagship pieces of legislation.

This paper examines the likely impact of the legislation on the inner-city communities of multicultural Britain, the implications of its enforcement and the wider questions thrown up about the future of the welfare state.

Key points:

  • The legislation seems to be aimed at rapid social restructuring. The culmination of attempts by Labour and Conservative led governments to codify social entitlements in Britain, may result in multicultural neighbourhoods becoming broken up and displaced.
  • Extremes of poverty in inner-city neighbourhoods will be exacerbated, leaving children among those increasingly vulnerable to destitution.
  • The extension of the ‘hostile environment’ principle which underlies immigration policy will lead to a degenerative quality of life for BAME communities.

These bills are only two elements in a much larger process of societal and state restructuring, but they are central to this process.

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