A NEW survey published last week by the Catholic Housing Aid Society* reveals Government ignorance of inner city housing problems and appalling conditions facing the black population of Britain,
The Spitalficlds Survey. carried out in London's East End, says a quarter of the areas population live at a level of overcrowding 58 timesthe national average, with only 40 per cent of households enjoying security of tenure. A very high proportion of households in the worst conditions are not on the council waiting lists, and less than 12 per cent of those on the list are not in severe housing need, it says. The survey, was produced jointly by CHAS and the Spitalfields Housing and Planning Rights Service.
Households of Asian origin account for 54 per cent of the Spitalfields population, and 95 per cent of overcrowded households. the reports says. Yet Asian households have only been allocated 10 per cent of the most modern council housing stock. The male Asian unemployment rate is nearly 50 per cent higher than that of other workers.
CHAS says the seriousness of these conditions was not reflected in the Government's own National Dwelling and Housing Survey of 1977. It believes this is accounted for by inadequacies in the former survey and a deterioration in conditions since 1977.
The report comments that "present housing policies may not be racist in intent, but they are often racist in effect-. It calls for a massive new public housing programme as a matter of urgency and argues for policies to counter the discrimination against the Asian population and their children.
One of the survey's editors, Ms Robina Rafferty of CHAS. said it was CHAS's policy" to fill various gaps" in the system of monitoring housing need.
*The Spitalfields Survey: Housing and Social Conditions in 1980. From CHAS, 189a Old Brampton Road, London SW5. £2.00.