Ethnic minorities most affected by poor quality housing

A Government report into racial disparities has highlighted the differences when it comes to ethnic groups and housing.

The Government’s first Race Disparities Audit, released yesterday, focused on highlighting inequalities in the workplace, schools and criminal justice system, but provides interesting insight into housing differences.

Using the English Housing Survey, it found that around two out of every three white British households own their property either outright or with a mortgage, compared with two out of five among all other ethnic groups.

White British households were most likely to own their own home within every region of the country, every socio-economic group and income band, as well as all age groups.

Fewer than one in four African, Arab, and mixed white and black African households were owner-occupiers, according to the report.

In the rental sector, white British households were less likely to rent, with 16% renting from a private landlord compared with 37% among ethnic minority groups.

Poor quality of housing was also an issue for some ethnic minority groups, with Pakistani households more likely to live in non-decent homes than white British households.

Overcrowding, which reflects both family sizes as well as the nature and affordability of the local housing stock, was more common among ethnic minority households in general, affecting 30% of Bangladeshi households in 2016, a far higher proportion than the 2% of white British households.

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