HomeImmigration Bill ‘offensive’ says Homelessness charity
Homeless Action Scotland’s Chief Executive has called the new UK Immigration bill ‘offensive.’ Speaking at the National Homelessness Conference Robert Aldridge said: ‘Nothing has made me so angry as the new Immigration Bill proposals. The new Right to Rent is a charter for increased racial discrimination and further exclusion of homeless people.’
He added:’ Evidence clearly shows some landlords in the pilot area choose not to house those who look or sound foreign or have foreign names even if they are British citizens. Landlords have to ask for certain identity documents which many homeless people have either lost or never had. In this way they too face greater obstacles to getting housed in the private rented sector.’
‘So far from being a deterrent to illegal migrants the bill represents a charter for greater indirect racial discrimination and further exclusion of homeless people.’
- The National Homelessness Conference is being held on 12 November at the Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh starting at 9.45am
- The Right to Rent is a scheme piloted in the West Midlands where private landlords must ascertain that prospective tenants have the right to live in the UK, or be subject to a fine. The new Immigration Bill increases the penalty for landlords to up to 5 years in prison.
- 2 Evaluations of the pilot have been published by the Home Office and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants both of which refer to increased levels of indirect discrimination.
Presentations from the 2015 Conference can be found by clicking here.