The research identified a number of housing issues, including lack of affordable housing, problems in accessing private rented housing and maintaining tenancies, a detrimental impact on staff recruitment and retention and the loss of tied housing once a staff member retires. Recommendations include training and awareness raising around housing options, development of temporary accommodation and housing for singles, and industry-wide consideration of working patterns away from the split shift format. Although employers provide different kinds of support with housing, horseracing is a low wage industry leaving some employees at a disadvantage in accessing affordable housing in the private market.
Racing Welfare has developed a plan of action in response to the research which outlines the steps they and the industry are going to take to implement the recommendations.
Housing Need in the Horseracing Industry Summary Report.pdf — PDF document, 291 KB (298862 bytes)
Housing Need in the Horseracing Industry Final Report.pdf — PDF document, 1.24 MB (1300541 bytes)
Racing Welfare Response to Housing Needs Survey.pdf — PDF document, 223 KB (229124 bytes)