Sunday, February 10, 2019

Orthodox Jewish housing association's relief after discrimination case victory 

Agudas Israel Housing Association, who are based in Stamford Hill, were accused of breaking equality laws after listing a property which was specifically for members of their religious community.

A family who wanted to bid on new flats, which were purpose-built for the Orthodox population, were told they were unable to because consideration was only given to Orthodox Jews.

They took the housing association to court on the grounds that housing should be provided on the basis of need, not religion. The family's lawyer said they plan to appeal the decision.

They argued that it was "direct discrimination of a very scarce resource, public housing" and that the case "concerned the question of whether or not it is lawful for housing to be allocated on the basis of religion, not need."


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