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ACTION PLAN TO PROMOTE RACE EQUALITY IN HOUSING

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Housing issues affecting black, minority ethnic groups are being addressed through the Welsh assembly government's ...
Housing issues affecting black, minority ethnic groups are being addressed through the Welsh assembly government's Black, Minority Ethnic (BME) Housing Action Plan for Wales, launched by minister for finance, local government and communities edwina Hart.

The Plan provides a framework for the assembly and its partners to ensure that BME groups are protected and treated fairly in accessing and choosing quality housing.

For the assembly, the Plan means designing policies and programmes, and distributing funding, in a way that demonstrates its commitment to quality and choice in housing for BME people. All local authorities and housing associations are being called upon to have in place a BME Housing Strategy by April 2004.

The Plan also seeks to address issues affecting BME people who own their own homes or who live in the private rented housing sector.

Mrs Hart said: 'This government is working to address the many forms of discrimination that too often occur in many of our communities, whether on grounds of race, language, disability, age, gender, class, nationality, social status or sexual orientation.

'The BME Housing Action Plan specifically signals the need for the assembly government and its partners to raise its game in promoting race equality in housing. I believe that the implementation of this plan can make an important contribution to our long term aspirations for a genuinely multi-cultural Wales.'

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