- no bias in allocation of social housing
- no evidence to support the perception that new migrants are getting priority over UK born residents
- Nor was there any evidence of abuse of the system, including 'queue jumping' or providing false information.
- less than two per cent of all social housing residents are people who have moved to Britain in the last five years
- nine out of ten people who live in social housing were born in the UK
Even the Express has gone with 'Immigrants 'don't top housing list'', although the report itself is rather short. The Sun website doesn't appear to have any report on it at all.
The EHRC gives some suggestions for why there remains a public perception that there is queue jumping, none of which blame the media. Yet only one week ago, the Mail printed a lengthy article from Sir Andrew Green, of Migrationwatch, entitled At last, the truth about immigration and council house queue jumping. He wrote:
So who on these bulging lists actually gets a council house? Currently, it is decided on the basis of 'need' which, in turn, is heavily influenced by family size. And once granted residence, a migrant or an asylum seeker can bring over his entire family and thereby move up the priority list.
Of course local working people have seen this happening for years in their own communities. They know perfectly well that the Government have not been telling the whole truth - but few were prepared to listen.
And then he says that though evidence says this isn't true, that was 'dodging the issue:
A report was subsequently commissioned by the then Commission for Racial Equality which conveniently concluded that there was no evidence that newly arrived migrants were being allocated housing in preference to UK-born people. But that was to dodge the real issue.
And he includes the following line which would do the BNP proud:
white working class people were indeed being leapfrogged by new arrivals with large families.
The Mail took much the same line in May 2007 in the 'investigation' The truth about immigrants and housing queues, which included the caption: 'Immigrants now take priority on council housing waiting lists'.
Then there is the Sun who have twice run articles on MySun discussions which have suggested queue jumping - Has racial bias run riot in UK? and Life of luxury at your expense?
The Mail is a disgrace, that's no surprise. That the EHRC doesn't appear to have pointed the finger of blame at twisted media coverage for the queue jumping myth shows it's too craven.