Peer calls for migrants to be top priority
Housing associations should make helping refugees a top priority as the credit crunch slows down house building, Lord Richard Best has said.
The influential peer and chair of Hanover Housing Group said the fall in building would mean ‘tensions created by housing shortages are going to get worse’.
Lord Best, also a patron of charity Hact, which supports marginalised groups, said landlords should think about helping groups they could make a real difference to. ‘New migrants and refugees should be very high on your list,’ he added.
He was speaking at an event also addressed by Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.
The Archbishop said: ‘The word integration is bandied around to justify dispersing refugees around the country. That has often meant that councils have simply placed refugees in their hardest-to-let properties, on sink estates with enough social problems already.’