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En offisiell rapport konstanterer at mer enn 1 million innvandrere bor i hus som er subsidiert av britiske skattebetalere. 1 av 9 subsidierte hjem er nå bebodd av immigranter. Det kommer også frem at antallet innvandrere i kommunale boliger har økt kraftig i løpet av de siste 5 årene.

Rapporten advarer om at de ansvarlige for boligpolitikken nesten uten unntak mener at de ikke har nok boliger til å møte kravene fra en raskt voksende befolkning. I følge rapporten er det ingenting som tyder på at innvandrere blir favorisert ved utdelingen av kommunale boliger, men det erkjennes at den etablerte befolkningens følelse av urettferdighet er utbredt:

The report, produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, described social housing as a «potential flashpoint» and called for a rethink on how the share-out of council homes can «build good relations across communities».

Housing queues have lengthened by more than half in England since 1997. In London and the South East they have nearly doubled.

Last year Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said that in her East London constituency migrant families were being given priority over those with a «legitimate sense of entitlement».

The Communities Department has warned that local housing policies should consider the needs and fears of established populations.

The Equality Commission’s report said there was no sign of bias in favour of foreigners but acknowledged that the perception of unfairness was widespread.

Trevor Phillips, the commission’s chief, said: «With increased pressure on social housing in the future there will be a need to resource the system appropriately and manage it fairly in the years ahead.»

Daily Mail: More than a million immigrants live in homes paid for by the taxpayer