Letter to the Guardian: Response to Camden council plans to move 761 poor families from London
Posted on Fri 15 Feb 2013
The depressing revelations about Camden council's plans to re-house poor families outside London are shocking, but not surprising. Despite the wealth of warnings to the likely effects about the benefit reforms, this government remains determined to push through changes that will break down the support networks of some of the country's most disadvantaged families.
Worryingly, the changes not only appear to directly attack the poor, but are likely to disproportionately affect those from black and minority ethnic communities – 66% of the population of Camden described their ethnicity as something other than white British in the 2011 census. Indeed, in a 2011 paper the Race Equality Foundation warned that the concentration of minority ethnic families in urban centres would combine with factors including higher child poverty rates, larger family size and higher rates of disability and unemployment, in turn increasing the likelihood that these communities would experience the full brunt of the reforms.
The leader of Camden council, Sarah Hayward, praises the diverse mix of communities in Camden, but unless something is done to protect vulnerable families, this diversity will be attacked.
Deputy chief executive, Race Equality Foundation
For further information please see:
- Housing benefit and welfare reform: Impact of the proposed changes on black and minority ethnic communities