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  • people are not blind to colour in a colour conscious society
  • racism affects black and white people both but differently
  • racial harassment is anti human rights - more than hate crime
  • equal opportunity is to practise 'different but equal'
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Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on vulnerable: in its spending review, the government announced a 10% cut to the housing benefit budget as well as cutting the money it spends on new social housing by 50%.
The cuts would affect 80% of those receiving housing benefit, said the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove and member of the Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee.

There are also serious concerns that the council housing will be under significant pressure as thousands of people would require council to re-home them because of the cuts in housing benefits, and that there would be increased homelessness.

The National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents English housing associations, estimates that 1.3 million people are at risk of losing their homes.
In highlighting the impact of the cuts in housing benefits, the NHF estimates that the average rent for a three-bedroom council home could go up from £85 to £250 a week which most deprived families would not be able to afford.

Speaking to the BBC, Paul Rees of NHF said that the housing benefit changes have been rushed through the Commons without thoughtfully assessing their impact. Mr Rees said that the overall impact of the changes is an onslaught on vulnerable groups of people like single women on low income, those with disabilities, and black and ethnic minority people.

In a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Harrow Council for Justice has appreciated his conscience search over the coalition's spending cuts and that he found that putting through the measures was "morally difficult" but has drawn his attention to the plight of those differentially affected by the cuts, particularly those on housing benefits.

In a similar letter to London Mayor Boris Johnson, the HCJ has drawn his attention to the inner city plight.


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