Thursday, 23 July 2009

Statistics re Immigration and housing

A couple of weeks ago the BBC splashed the conclusions of a EHRC's report that: "Claims that immigrants are given unfair access to social housing have been discounted". The Today programme gave over its prestigious 08:10 slot to a discussion between EHRC director of policy, Andrea Murray and Housing Minister John Healey and the report was used as evidence that to suggest otherwise was really just racist. So it was with interest that I read today that:
"In a further embarrassment for the EHRC, its recent claim to have demonstrated that there is "no bias in allocation of social housing to immigrants" has been referred to the UK Statistics Authority by a think thank that alleges that the figures used to back up this assertion were baseless."
Oddly I cannot see this piece of news being reported by the BBC at all; I wonder why?

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