Date: 17th April 2018 at 12:27pm
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“We want to see this scandal addressed urgently by Councillors and MPs”, said Haringey Council tenant Paul Burnham. “Any form of racism is totally unacceptable. This bad stuff is going to be happening all around London unless we stand up and say NO”, he added.

New data from Freedom of Information requests show that black and minority ethnic (BME) residents will be disadvantaged by the Borough’s reliance on housing tenures (market sale, market rent, shared ownership) which have barriers to access because of requirements for deposits and advance payments.

We already knew that 48% of households in Haringey have no savings or are in debt (excluding mortgages).

Newly-released data shows that 61% for households of mixed heritage, 69% of black households, and 74% of Asian households in Haringey have no savings or are in debt. These people cannot rent or buy the new homes being built here.

Haringey Council didn’t ask, and didn’t tell about these devastating figures, which spell out the social exclusion and injustice which will follow from continued market-facing development schemes.

They never even asked for an ethnicity breakdown on the people without savings. We had to work on raw anonymised data that was released following a Review that we requested, of the initial response to our question.

None of Haringey Council’s many housing Equality Impact Assessments address the income and savings level of black and minority ethnic households: not for the development plans at Wood Green under the proposed Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), not for the estate demolition and redevelopment plans at Northumberland Park under the HDV, and not for the planned demolition and redevelopment at High Road West, in partnership with Lendlease and separately from the HDV.

There was no Equality Impact Assessment at all for the HDV itself.

“The Election candidates for both main parties in Haringey [Labour and Lib Dem] have ditched the HDV plan”, said Paul Burnham. “But they are continuing with grandiose demolition and redevelopment plans, which will exclude poorer people and those with low and unstable incomes, those with no savings, and people who are in debt.”

“Now we know, in facts and figures, that the losers will be disproportionately black households. The question is, what are we going to do about it?”, he added.

In 2015, Haringey Council accepted that black people would be disadvantaged by the over-reliance on shared ownership in Tottenham in their Draft Housing Strategy. Their proposed mitigation was:

‘The ability of local people to afford the new homes being built, especially in the east of the borough, is dependent on them accessing jobs and also increasing their incomes to a sufficient level to afford the new homes on offer as a result.’

There was no concern for the racist outcomes of Council policy.

We have written to all local Councillors and to both of the borough’s MPs (David Lammy and Catherine West) to demand that this scandal needs to be addressed urgently by:

Stopping all demolition plans for council housing estates, which under the government’s housing funding regime can only be replaced by mostly-unaffordable housing, increasing local house prices and private rents.

Commissioning a new, fit for purpose and comprehensive housing needs survey, focusing on those localities which the Council wishes to ‘transform’, such as Northumberland Park, North Tottenham, etc.

A Public Enquiry into exactly who (whether Council members or officers, or both) authorised Equality Impact Assessments to cover up policies which deepen racial inequality and disadvantage.

We need more and better council housing, which provides the most affordable rents that are most badly needed for local people in housing need, with secure permanent tenancies and with public sector accountability. Excessive service charging must also be restricted by clear public policy decisions.

Haringey’s Local Plan must be re-examined, so that housing is built which local people of all origins and backgrounds can actually afford to live in, thus going forward to a fairer and more inclusive society.

Up-front costs such as deposits and advance payments must be properly considered, as well as the weekly or monthly costs of rent, mortgages and service charges.

More to follow… 

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Nouveau Blog.
    Over and out

  • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Accy April 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    And COric!
    Currently suffering withdrawal symptoms where is he, this energetic dynamic dynamo once linked to Citeh, Liverpool and Spurs!

    • Accy April 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      He’s cleaning Marcus Edward’s boots

  • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Haha Dilly, Leicester were 5000/1, Chelsea 13/8, Man City 11/4 and Spurs 100/1 in the 2015/16 seasons betting, would you really have us all throw in the towel ?

    • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Fair point. 8-1 is attractive!

      • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm

        Kane was also 14/1 top scorer that season with Aguero fav at 11/4, Costa at 11/2 and you know how that turned out.

        • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 1:36 pm

          Top 4 finish that season was interesting
          Chelsea 1/33
          Man City 1/12
          Arsenal 1/6
          Man Utd 1/4
          Liverpool 5/2
          Tottenham 6/1

      • Accy April 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        Hmmn. I’m in two minds as to whether to have a flutter on us. On the one had I believe football might be fixed (Leicester etc.) and think us winning in our new stadium would be the perfect narrative culmination for next season. It would satisfy corporations and sponsors and banks and the regeneration campaign for Haringey and Tottenham.

        On the other hand, I don’t trust us to spend our wedge sensibly in the transfer market. We are likely to bring in 7 or 8 players, 80% of whom will turn out to be shit, and therefore haven’t any more chance of winning anything than Douglas Bader has of making it as a footballer in 2018/19.

  • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    One of my best chums has just sent me PL odds for next season

    Man Citeh 4/7
    Liverpool 7/2
    Manure 7/1
    Tottenham 8/1
    Chelski 10/1
    Arse 25/1

    • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Simply put. Why destroy our lingering hope? Just keep handing the PL title to Citeh!

      • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        Another 200 million to be given to Pep. And that’s fresh funding, not selling to buy.

        They are serious about buying dominance.

        • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm

          Perhaps we should make a cheeky bid for out of favour Aguero!!

          • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm

            I can see Citeh snapping up Griezman.

            • Camus April 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

              He’s not all that.

              • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm

                Lemar is going somewhere?
                Mention of Martial going to Arse?

                • Camus April 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm

                  I’d love Martial at Spurs

                  • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:23 pm

                    Agreed + Rashford and Shaw but it ain’t going to happen!

                    • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm

                      We could get Berahino on the cheap. Unk wink wink nudge nudge!!

                    • Accy April 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

                      And COric!

                    • Accy April 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

                      🤦🏻‍♂️

              • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm

                I hope he is all that when Atletico play Arsenal!

      • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        I am going to have a flutter on Wolves!

        • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm

          To stay up? That would be worth a bet.

          • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

            Spending millions they are a talented side. Neves to name but one!

            • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm

              As did Watford.

              • David Dillenberg April 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

                As did Everton squandering funds galore.

    • Camus April 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Seems about right.
      The Manchester spend-up this summer will leave little chance for anyone else.A
      And if Salah goes to Real, Pool may struggle to replace him.

      • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        The City Football Group plan to conquer the world. Not just the PL.

        https://www.cityfootballgroup.com/

        • Camus April 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm

          Yes, a sad state of affairs.
          It’s their world now – we’re lucky to be living in it.

  • Camus April 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm
    “We are working with Steve,” said Pochettino. “The World Cup only can confirm your idea about a player. It is so dangerous to go and scout players in the World Cup…”

    And when did Poch come to this conclusion after spunking 30 million quid and 95k per week on Sissoko? Is he telling us he wanted him based on his god awful performances for Newcastle in their relegation season?

    There won’t be long left to get any players in after the World Cup, with the window closing when the season starts.
    One would hope we have a clear view of our targets already.

    • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      My neighbour puts less horse shit on his roses

      • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        Healthy countryside aromas. Can’t beat it.

        • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm

          OooooAh

    • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Maguire at £50m falls a long way short of Alderweireld.

      • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

        For that much we’d be better going for de Ligt. (I hope his first name is Angel…)

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      We can only hope that Pochettino really means it.

      Scouting is a mystery to me. As an outsider to the workings of a football club, I naively thought that the scouts would have spent the season, and previous seasons, working hard to collect data, reports, create a long list of targets, refine the long list to a short list, then through contacts clarify which may be available, to produce a final set of players to seriously chase as soon as the window opens.

      None of this SEEMS to happen at Spurs, with the exception of Poch’s personal contacts like Victor Wanyama.

      • Camus April 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        Agree entirely.
        We often here this “Spurs are monitoring X” line over the summer.
        Unless we’re monitoring sunbathing styles, there can’t be much more to do out of season. You either want the player or you don’t.

        • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm

          Correct. We should know who is possibly available and the ones we want, now.

  • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Maybe they are his protection from angry constituents? If I was one of his constituents I’d feel aggreived by his piss poor representation.

      • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        Such a MASSIVE moron

  • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t think it is driven by racism, because it would need to have intelligence behind that. Clearly this whole sorry mess indicates a lack of thought, of care, of charity, of compassion. What’s transpiring is the outcome of stupidity, cupidity, callousness, and gullibility.

    • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Wholly agree.

      The arrogance behind this whole thing is a lot blunt than racism.

      ‘Get the cheap ****s out and let’s sell an experience too the well heeled’ many of whom will of course be mixed race etc…

  • caveman April 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Surely with the Rt Honorable David Lammy in the House of Commons this couldn’t be happening in his constituency?

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Lammy is a prime example of accepting a substandard candidate for office, based on factors other than ability. Racism, in fact.

    • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      The Rt Hon Fuckwit

  • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Tonight will be the last chance to see the CB pairing of Jan & Toby in a Spurs shirt, it has been great but all good things come to an end.

    • Camus April 17, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Toby won’t play.