project, has revealed that there continues to be very little black and
minority ethnic involvement in Scottish tenant's groups.
minority ethnic membership, and only 34% of the same group had any plans to
try and increase black and minority ethnic involvement. Work done by the
CRE in 1993 had shown little black and minority ethnic involvement, and
guidance was issued to tenants groups at the time, in an attempt to
encourage and support action to remedy the situation.
Project officer Ricardo Rea said:
'Four out of ten groups who responded said that black and minority ethnic
involvement had never been raised as an issue in their groups, and I suppose
this begs the question about the other 60%: If the issue has been raised,
why is involvement still so low? The survey's other results taken together
indicate a lack of awareness on the issue and a lack of importance assigned
to it if it has been recognised.
'The results confirm the size of the task, especially as we are aware of the
existence of some 466 tenants groups across Scotland. Since the survey was
carried out, we have been busy: We have trained over 100 people from
Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and other areas. We will be extending
the work to the Dundee area, and the highlands this autumn.
'Scotland has an increasingly diverse ethnic and cultural mix, and it is
vital that we all work together to benefit from this by making sure everyone
has a real chance of being included: At a pivotal time like this, with the
possibility of mass stock transfers, and the new Housing Act, no one should
underestimate the importance of getting meaningful black and minority ethnic
involvement in tenants' groups'.
Positive Action in Housing which hosts this unique project, hopes that the
work will receive funding beyond March 2002, from the Scottish executive to
continue to promote racial equality issues amongst Scottish tenants
organisations, as part of an integrated strategy on tenant involvement being
examined under the new Housing (Scotland) Act.
1. Planned stock transfers, makes the input of tenants' groups and
organisations more important and valuable than ever before, especially as
tenant participation is a concern of the new Housing (Scotland) Act. One
the challenges these groups face, is their ability to include and empower
black & minority ethnic tenants, and embrace diversity.
2. The provisions of The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 will put new
duties on organisations like tenants groups who carry out 'public
3. The Scottish executive is providing funding for this project until March
4. An 'implementation group' has been set up at the Scottish executive to
look at how the new Act's tenant participation section should be
realised, but this has not yet meet with a purely tenant's organisation in
its membership, or PositiveAction in Housing.