TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING
(16 May 2005)
Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) today called on housing specialists
across Britain to take part in a consultation on its revised code
of practice on racial equality in housing. Trevor Phillips, CRE
Chair, said: "There is a long history of racial inequality
in housing and housing-related services. Ethnic minorities are more
likely to be homeless, to live in overcrowded conditions, and to
express dissatisfaction with their homes. Imposed 'segregation'
through housing continues to pose problems for social integration
in some parts of the country and for many people racial harassment
is a continuing reality. "
three-month public consultation has been launched to gain feedback
on the updated code which sets standards for achieving racial equality
in housing and housing-related services.
order to address these issues, we are updating our statutory code
of practice on racial equality in housing. The new code will help
those working in the housing sector adopt ways of working that avoid
unlawful discrimination, and ensure equal opportunities and fair
treatment for everyone.
draft code has been developed in partnership with an advisory group
of key organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
But to ensure that it is accessible, easy to understand and reflects
the needs of all its users, we are now consulting more widely.
web-based consultation provides an excellent opportunity for both
organisations and individuals to shape a key document affecting
racial equality in housing. We hope to obtain feedback from a wide
range of individuals and organisations involved in the housing field:
from housing associations and estate agents to mortgage lenders
and building contractors, as well as tenants and private landlords."
code replaces the two existing codes of practice in rented and non-rented
housing, published at the beginning of the 1990s. Since then there
have been several important amendments to the Race Relations Act
1976 and significant changes made to housing and related legislation.
well as providing an accurate reflection of current legislation,
the code aims to give practical guidance to providers of housing
and related services on how to meet their obligations under the
Race Relations Act.
separate versions have been produced for England, Scotland and Wales,
in recognition of the devolution that has taken place in housing
law and policy.
code has a statutory status; this means that any of its provisions
can be referred to in an employment tribunal or court.
draft code, together with a feedback questionnaire, can be downloaded
The deadline for submissions is Monday 15 August 2005.
Race Relations Act 1976 makes it unlawful to discriminate against
anyone on grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national
origins. The Commission for Racial Equality was established under
the Act to work for the elimination of discrimination, the promotion
of equality of opportunity and good race relations generally.
Commission can advise or assist people with cases before courts
and employment tribunals and can conduct its own investigations
when it has grounds to believe discrimination may be taking place.
bodies have a duty to eliminate discrimination in the way they work
and to promote equality of opportunity and good race relations.
The Commission is working to help them deliver this duty.