Unemployed Immigrants Get Council Homes

by on April 27, 2012 » Add more comments.

In Ealing, West London it has been discovered by Migrationwatch that 45% of social housing is occupied by unemployed foreigners.

Thousands of vacant properties in social housing are being allocated to people who have not yet paid anything into the system. Campaigners are now demanding that British citizens should be getting first choice as the waiting lists soar due to a shortage of affordable homes.

The Migrationwatch survey also found that approximately 43% of claimants for housing benefit in Haringey are immigrants and 20% in Wandsworth.

Millions of Brits are on the housing waiting lists with 350,000 of them in London. Many of the councils admit that they have no idea how many of their properties are allocated to foreign nationals.

Frank Field a labour m.p. said “For years we have been told British people on the waiting lists are getting a fair deal. Yet nobody has any idea how many new lettings are going to foreign nationals and how many to British citizens. This scandal must stop.”

The current government has said there will be an enquiry into this problem, and that they want to address the “unfair” system.

Are you a victim of this system or have any views on this? We would love to hear your comments.

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3 Responses to Unemployed Immigrants Get Council Homes

  • DebS says:

    Birmingham City Council no longer put aside any properties for immigrants. They have to wait on the list like the rest of us and if they are homeless, they get put into temporary accommodation – again just like the rest of us. Fair is fair.

  • Ange says:

    My dad was a soldier for years. He retired from the army and owned his own home in England for a while, paying into the system with his full time job. He moved away for a year, due to personal problems, but needed to come back to the UK. I went to the housing with him, as he had no home left, and was told that there was nothing for him except a very grotty bed and breakfast. In the same office were immigrants who were basically getting a red carpet treatment and yet there was my dad, an ex-soldier, in ill health, that couldn’t get diddly-squat. I was disgusted and actually asked the person behind the counter if things would be different if my dad didn’t speak english and wasn’t born in England, the reply was a shrug of the shoulders with the remark “I can’t offer anything else”.

  • David says:

    1/ The vast majority of housing benefit is taken up by people who work

    2/Some 90 per cent of those who live in social housing are UK born. If you read the report, this is on page 50. (See below)

    Obviously London has the highest number of immigrants so it follows that it has a higher number of immigrants in social housing. This does not mean they are prioritised over others.

    * I work in Housing for a local authority.

    http://www.ippr.org/images/media/files/publication/2011/05/ehrc_report__social_housing_allocation_and_immigrant_communities_1715.pdf

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