ABOUT

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK.

These failures include government policy that prevents local councils and housing associations from building homes for the 1.4 million people on council housing waiting lists and the quarter of a million homeless people in Britain. Or the deliberate neglect of council estates by local authorities that’s used to justify ‘regeneration’ projects with private developers, which often force those who cannot afford homes in the new properties to relocate to other parts of the country, far from their families and support networks.

With unprecedented access to residents, politicians and experts in the housing industry and media, Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

INFORMATION

1980
Right to buy scheme introduced
42% of the population live in council housing

1996
30% of council tenants have exercised this right
2.2 million homes transferred into private ownership

2017
Less than 8% of the population live in council housing
40% of ex-council flats sold via Right to Buy are now rented out more expensively by private landlords

£3 billion
Surplus recorded by England’s largest housing associations in 2015

1.7 million
Estimated people on the council housing waiting register that year

4,134
Estimated number of street homeless people in the UK in 2016

200,000
Estimated number of buildings which have been empty for longer than six months

 

CONTACT

06:03, Jul 24
“We’re not opposed to change. We just don’t want our homes demolished." Pls support the campaign to @Save_Foxhill… https://t.co/176C3LfF5U

04:51, Jul 24
@fjbeecher @chaptertweets Thanks Fran - will do

21:06, Jul 23
@PaulBGipsil @paulsng @insidehousing Wrong Paul Sng! It's @sng_paul :)

20:38, Jul 23
@martinhilditch @Mark_ED_Lowe Here's what a few people had to say about Dispossession... https://t.co/Ezgfo69kgB

20:34, Jul 23
RT @BirdsEyeViewFF: Join us for our event tmrw @CentralPictureH - 1830 July 24 for #TheBeguiled + a punchy debate with awesome guests https…

20:26, Jul 23
@betsybug46 Good to hear!

20:26, Jul 23
RT @betsybug46: Power of #DISPOSSESSION T-shirt getting through such an important message to people! Go see this relevant film, buy a T & s…

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Mon 24 Jul

London

Brixton Ritzy Cinema

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Mon 24 Jul

London

Greenwich Picturehouse

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Tue 25 Jul

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Brixton Ritzy Cinema

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Tue 25 Jul

Sheffield

Showroom

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Thu 27 Jul

London

Curzon Soho

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Sat 29 Jul

Lewes

The Depot Cinema

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Sun 30 Jul

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Mon 31 Jul

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Hackney Picturehouse

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Tue 01 Aug

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Wed 02 Aug

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Tue 08 Aug

Cambridge

Arts Picturehouse

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Tue 15 Aug

Belfast

Queen's Film Theatre

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Wed 16 Aug

Nottingham

Broadway Cinema

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Thu 17 Aug

Bath

St Andrews Community Church

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Nottingham

Broadway Cinema

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Fri 18 Aug

London

Bernie Grant Arts Centre

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Sat 19 Aug

Liverpool

Picturehouse @ FACT

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Sun 20 Aug

Manchester

HOME Cinema

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Wed 23 Aug

Brighton

Duke of York's Picturehouse

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Norwich

Cinema City

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Mon 28 Aug

Glasgow

Glasgow Film Theatre

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Tue 12 Sep

Colchester

Colchester Arts Centre

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Sat 16 Sep

Cardiff

Chapter Arts Centre

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Tue 19 Sep

Cardiff

Chapter Arts Centre

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London

Deptford Cinema

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Tue 19 Sep

Newcastle

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Mon 16 Oct

Derby

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