Lesbian, gay and bisexual people's housing 6

MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Older lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be able to be themselves where they live. However, research from Stonewall shows that half of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel uncomfortable telling care home staff they are gay and a third feel uncomfortable telling their housing provider, often for fear of discrimination. This contributes to isolation and vulnerability. What steps have you taken to encourage safe housing environments where older lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel able to be themselves?


Answer for Lesbian, gay and bisexual people's housing 6

Answer for Lesbian, gay and bisexual people's housing 6

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are clear requirements for housing providers to combat discrimination of this sort.  

All local authorities are required to comply with the Equality Act 2010, which obliges them to:

       have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination,

       advance equality of opportunity,

       foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

The regulatory framework for social housing requires all social landlords to

       treat all tenants with fairness and respect, and

       demonstrate that they understand the different needs of their tenants, including in relation to the equality strands and tenants with additional support needs.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission exists to protect, enforce and promote equality for all those with protected characteristics, including older and lesbian, gay and bisexual people.  

I invited representatives from my LGBT Forum and Stonewall to the Extended Housing Forum that took place earlier this month to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on my draft revised Housing Strategy. Consultation on this document will also include discussion at a meeting of my LBGT Stakeholder Group next month.