CIH warning over Immigration Bill
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
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The Chartered Institute of Housing has sounded a warning about the government’s Immigration Bill, saying it could warn to “destitution” for many people.
Under the bill, private landlords and banks will be required to check the immigration status of people they deal with.
Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice, said: “This proposed change will make it much harder for non-British people to access housing even when they have a legal right to live in the UK. Checking immigration status is complicated so landlords may shy away from letting to anyone who appears not to be British.
“Discrimination laws will not protect these people. For many people, private renting is their only housing option, and if this is removed homelessness and destitution may follow. In trying to take a stance against illegal immigration, the government could cause significant housing problems for people who are here legally.”
Home Secretary Theresa May told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday that illegal immigrants will find it much harder to set up home in the UK under new laws.
May also defended the bill which includes the tactic of deporting “foreign criminals first” and “hearing their appeal later".
Temporary migrants in the UK legally, such as overseas students, will also have to make a contribution to the National Health Service.