01 March 2019
By Naila Khan
JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) have been successful in in its legal challenge against the Immigration Act 2014’s Right to Rent scheme. This is good news indeed.
Mr Justice Spencer found that:
- Requiring landlords to check immigration status caused racial discrimination against anyone without a British passport and against ethnic minorities;
- The Government had failed to show that the checks had any actual effect on encouraging undocumented migrants to leave the country.
The Judge also said:
It is my view that the Scheme introduced by the Government does not merely provide the occasion or opportunity for private landlords to discriminate but causes them to do so where otherwise they would not,” said Mr Justice Spencer.
The Government’s Hostile Environment policies, designed to drive undocumented migrants out of the UK, were widely recognised to be the root cause of the discrimination and miscarriages of justice suffered by the Windrush generation. Like them, British ethnic minorities and foreign nationals seeking homes have now been found to be at risk of racism as a direct result of Government policy.
The Right to Rent scheme must be scrapped immediately.
What’s more, we know that this is simply the tip of the iceberg. Layers of discrimination exist in all aspects of the “hostile environment” and this judgement shows exactly why it must be dismantled.
JCWI’s website invites people to take action and you can find the link to do so here.
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