In the current climate, and with housing pressures as they are, we believe it’s essential that the true impact of the “Right to Rent” scheme is measured. In response to the roll-out of the scheme across England, JCWI have produced a set of toolkits you may find helpful. This is something that affects all migrants and refugees, and the creation of these sorts of ‘hostile environment’ policies seriously hinders integration and increases community suspicion.
Information for Volunteers
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants is looking for volunteers to spare a few hours a week to help with their exciting new human rights research project. They are researching the impact of the new right to rent scheme that requires private landlords, estate agents and sub-letters to carry out immigration checks on their tenants. When the scheme was piloted in the West Midlands, JCWI found that it caused significant discrimination against migrants and ethnic minorities. However, the Government ignored the findings from the pilot scheme, and the concerns of many Parliamentarians, human rights and housing groups, and concerned individuals and landlords, and pressed ahead rolling out the scheme across England on 1 February 2016.
We need to monitor and assess the impact that landlord immigration checks are having on discrimination in the housing sector across England. If you can spare a few hours of your time each week to help JCWI gather information on the ground in your local area then please get in touch. They would like you to be available for 1 to 2 months, but any assistance you can provide would be helpful.
You can contact JCWI by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 07540 425 377 or 0207 553 7463. They’d be happy to talk through the research with you or send you instructions for how to proceed.