Section: Equality & Diversity

ITV News investigation exposes racism in social housing sector

Posted 10.11.21
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A council whistleblower has told ITV News that racism and prejudice towards tenants is rife within the social housing department she works in.

The whistleblower works in senior management at a London council. She came forward to ITV News because she was so concerned about the racist attitudes and language she witnesses on a daily basis.

She says managers in her housing department make racially-motivated judgements about tenants, and are dismissive of their complaints, often blaming them for the problem.

She also said - the problem is endemic, with many racist comments made openly in meetings.

ITV News also spoke to social housing tenants who feel they are discriminated against because of their ethnicity.

One tenant spoken to was a mother-of-four who fled persecution and torture in her native Kenya. She and her family have endured serious disrepair problems with their council house for the past two and half years.

She told ITV News that a council worker said to her - "you know, you could go back" - after she raised the problem about her family's situation.

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