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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.

Publication Date

March 2016