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Immigration check fear

 
November 2nd 2015
 

Homeless charity Crisis has raised serious concerns about the new immigration checks that private landlords will have to make.

Under new legislation announced on 20 October, those renting privately will have to prove to their landlord that they have the right to stay in the UK.

According to Matt Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis, the Home Office’s evaluation of a pilot scheme in Birmingham contains “some alarming findings about the homelessness impact”.

Six of the local charities surveyed said that people they represent had become homeless as a result of the scheme.

“Homeless people’s documents often get lost or stolen, and in today’s high-pressure rental market, landlords will be more likely to rent to someone who can provide the evidence quickly,” says Downie. “As well as creating problems for homeless people, this could lead to discrimination against foreign nationals and people of black and minority ethnic backgrounds.”

 
 
 

November/December 2015

 

Contents

After life...

Focus: Gimme Shelter

Demand increases for Scottish shelters

In harmony

Capturing a community

Young failed by councils

Squatters take over hotel

Singer Ellie speaks out

Homeless bank closes

New bill extends Right to Buy

Coffee for two

Immigration check fear

SCT marks golden anniversary

Transport land sell-off

Homeless health boost

The Pavement Bookworm

Job centres not fit for purpose

Snatched puppy returned

With dignity

Legal high users call 999

 

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