Council asks 'obscene' questions

A COUNCIL form that asks landlords to provide their sexuality, religion and ethnicity has been described as 'obscene'. Landlords across North Somerset have been sent the Equalities Monitoring form. Housing bosses say they have to carry out equality survey

A COUNCIL form that asks landlords to provide their sexuality, religion and ethnicity has been described as 'obscene'.Landlords across North Somerset have been sent the Equalities Monitoring form.Housing bosses say they have to carry out equality surveys as part of a national directive and the form is voluntary.But some councillors say the forms will cause a problem and they have nothing to do with being a registered private landlord.The form asks if the applicant is lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual. Another section asks whether they are aged 15 or under.Councillor Peter Bryant said: "The council has no right whatsoever to ask these obscene questions and if they did it would be a mandatory form."I don't understand what someone's race, religion or sexuality has to do with being a good landlord."Councillor Isabel Cummings, executive member for housing, said: "It's part of the Government information gathering process. We're required to do this equality assessment by the Government and the form has been approved across the West of England.


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