United Nations official begins an investigation into UK housing
As the United Nations believe access to adequate housing as a central aspect of the right to an acceptable form of living, a UN official begins a visit to the UK today to investigate its provision of decent homes for vulnerable people.
The visit starts today and will continue until mid-September with special rapporteur on housing Raquel Rolnik leading the investigation on how the UK is protecting its citizens' on their right to good housing. In her visit, MS Rolnik will visit London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester where she will listen to individuals and campaigners testimonies as well as meet with government officials.
‘The UK faces a unique moment, when the challenge to promote and protect the right to adequate housing for all is on the agenda,' Ms Rolnik, a former architect and urban planner, said.
‘In doing so, special attention would need to be given to responding to the specific situations of various population groups, in particular low-income households and other marginalized individuals and groups.'
The visit is seen as especially important for people around the country that are facing difficulties securing tenancies. It has been argued by campaigners that with rising rent, a shortage of affordable housing and welfare reforms in the UK many have been made to take up short-term temporary accommodation in places such as B&BS.
Ms Rolnik will present her final report in Geneva to the Human Rights Council in March 2014.
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