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About Samir Jeraj

Samir Jeraj works as a policy and practice officer at the Race Equality Foundation. He is also a freelance journalist writing on housing, and co-authored "The Rent Trap".

Articles by Samir Jeraj

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Guardians of the Property: pop-up housing for pop-up people

Property guardians – a win-win for everyone (except squatters)? Or a new class of exploitation that’s taken root amidst the housing crisis in London and European cities?

Why does our national debate on integration ignore segregation by wealth?

A major part of what leads to segregation in society, by wealth and power, is not part of our integration debate. Why not?

The hidden costs of renting in modern Britain

For those who have owned a home for years or decades, they may be unaware of the costs, penalities and fees imposed on today's renters. It is a web of unregulated profiteering and expense.

Why a £10 minimum wage makes sense

Scare stories about minimum wages decimating jobs are mostly just that - scare stories to protect profits. Actual data tells a very different story to received economic wisdom.

Why are so many children in the UK going hungry?

More children in UK rely on food aid than ever before.  What chance of tackling the complexities of poverty if the government is not even working to prevent children from going hungry?

Food bank nation: women in the home, the poor on the streets

The reasons why up to 500,000 people in the UK need emergency food aid are inherently gendered.  Low pay, the rise in food prices, and punitive welfare reforms work in tandem with regressive Tory gender policies to push women and the poor to the brink.

Interview: why tenants are feeling let down, how they are fighting back

A group of tenants occupied a flat in East London to protest against rising rents and government subsidies for unaffordable housing. Samir Jeraj interviewed them about Britain's housing crisis, and what is to be done.

A boom in estate agents isn't the road to real recovery

31% of new jobs in the UK in the 3 months to June were with estate agents. This isn't any solution to the economic crisis or the housing crisis. Samir Jeraj reports.

Gender, mental health, and intersectionality

Last month a pilot project was launched to add mental health nurses to police call-outs in parts of the UK.  This step will be most effective if the scheme is sensitive to the interplay between gender and identity in mental health issues.

Domestic violence: on the frontline of intersectionality

Provisions for those affected by domestic violence are in decline in the UK, but work in the area of domestic violence continues to be integral to the development of approaches to intersectional justice.  

The far right in Burma, India and Sri Lanka

Far right religious nationalism is growing in South Asia. Fuelled by the experience of colonialism, the resulting internal tensions since independence, and powerful civil society movements.

England needs an influx of young, diverse councillors

Retired, white, British-born, independently wealthy. Recognise this type? Local government in England needs a shake-up. A young councillor sets out why the lack of diversity is damaging, and offers ideas for change.

The February 15, 2003 protest ten years on: reflections on a decade

The demonstration on February 15, 2003 was the largest protest march in British history, but failed to stop the invasion of Iraq.  A reflection on how the protest, and the war, shaped a decade of politics and culture.

Diversity in the British judiciary: on the backburner for too long

With Britain's House of Lords reform on the cards, what about all the other powerful white men in white wigs?

An Englishman's home is his castle - So long to our dream of ownership?

In the Victorian era it was said that “An Englishman’s home is his castle”, but with an increase in private renters and hurdles to home ownership in the last century, Samir Jeraj asks is this goodbye to our dream of ownership?

Time to scrap the UK's council tax?

The way Britain finances local government is rigid and undemocratic. For local people to exercise control over their public services new ways of funding are needed and there are alternatives from around the world that do not generate hostility to local government.

My first strike

After the student protests in December, many young people took part in their first British strike yesterday. A first time striker looks for wider connections in the past and elsewhere as he seeks to discover what it is he is joining.

In a world where education is a commodity, why not subcontract your PhD?

In trading off plagiarism, essay-writing companies undermine basic goods in education, beginning with critical, independent thinking. But in reducing students to consumers, they may also be giving them a crash course in the prevailing attitude to education.

This isn't the end of the far right in India

To some observers, the recent Ayodhya verdict and lack of mass ethnic violence in India indicates the softening of nationalist tensions. But the subtler, more powerful and pervasive side of Hindu Nationalism in civil society will ensure that this is not the twilight of ethnic strife.
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