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Blears Warns of Social Divide in Housing

Magazine article Public Finance

Blears Warns of Social Divide in Housing

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The minister responsible for communities has warned against housing developments creating 'social apartheid', dividing rich and poor.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears said: 'If affluence is used to create a separateness, a kind of social apartheid between rich and poor, with gated communities with private security, private schools and health care and a small but powerful section of society which never mixes with the rest of us, then that should give us real cause for concern.'

She was speaking at the launch of the Fabian Society's housing and community policy network.

Nick Johnson, policy director at the Institute of Community Cohesion, said it was refreshing to hear a government minister talk about the danger of social apartheid. 'There is a real potential problem here. Social segregation is a wider issue than one just about race and faith. …

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