Discrimination – Homelessness Provision

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2003 National Lesbian & Gay Conference
1 August 2003

This Conference is concerned about discrimination faced by unmarried couples within homelessness provision within the greater Glasgow area and no doubt other areas throughout the UK. It appears that the major providers, including the City’s Hamish Allen Centre, cannot or will not process two people as a couple unless they can prove this, either by marriage or by a joint claim for benefit. This results in already vulnerable people losing the much needed support of having their partner with them, as they would be processed separately and there is a high probability of them being placed in different resources.

This is doubly discriminatory towards lesbian and gay (L&G) couples, who cannot claim benefit jointly under the present system. Therefore L&G couples will always be processed as separate individuals.

This Conference believes that this is an unacceptable situation, which fails to treat people with the dignity and respect that they deserve. This Conference resolves to:

1. ask regional groups/local branches to write to the appropriate senior management within the council seeking information on homelessness provision within the area for lesbians and gay couples;

2. to highlight this as an issue in the ongoing UNISON campaign on Partnership Rights.