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GOVERNMENT PROGRESSES BLACK & MINORITY ETHNIC INVOLVEMENT IN MAKING HOUSING POLICY

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Lord Falconer has taken black and minority ethnic housing needs firmly up the agenda at an important housing semina...
Lord Falconer has taken black and minority ethnic housing needs firmly up the agenda at an important housing seminar.

The meeting of key stakeholder within the sector discussed a draft Action Plan, to be published by the year end, to help meet the needs of black and minority ethic (BME) groups.

The Action Plan is the first ever comprehensive statement which brings together all the different threads of BME housing policy. The plan underlines DTLR's commitment to ensuring its housing policy better reflects the needs of BME communities.

Commenting on the meeting Lord Falconer said:

'Having a decent home is fundamental to everyone's quality of life and we aim to make that available to all sections of society.

'The actions set out in this plan will help us drive up performance and standards in BME housing across all tenures.

'But the plan is not just a list of things to do. It is an important demonstration of our commitment to 'mainstream' black and minority ethnic housing issues in the way we develop and implement housing policy.

'The seminar proved to be both positive and constructive. The department will now weigh all the comments received before taking the document through to final completion over the coming weeks.'

The Plan is timely in light of the department's new duties to promote race equality under the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000, the findings of the Race and Housing Inquiry, and work on Community Cohesion following the riots earlier in the year.

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