London, Aug.13 : ONE in three whites in the United Kingdom do believe they are victims of racism in key public services.
According to a government survey, there is a 50 percent increase in the number of people who think they face discrimination during the last eight years.
New figures show 29 per cent of whites consider they will be treated worse than other races in public services such as housing, schools, GPs and the police, reports The Sun.
The figures have rocketed since 2001, when only 20 per cent feared discrimination.
Over the same period, the numbers from ethnic minorities worried about racism in public services fell from 38 per cent to 34 per cent.
The worst area is housing - a quarter of whites felt they lose out, said the poll by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
This follows claims in recent years that migrant families are jumping waiting lists for council housing.
One in ten also expect racism in the justice system. Around six per cent of whites think they face discrimination by police. And three per cent insist they will be treated worse than other races in schools.
The survey also showed white people thought racial prejudice was getting worse. It found that 58 per cent of whites believed there was more racism in Britain than five years ago.
But only 32 per cent of people from ethnic minorities consider there was more prejudice.