Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

In 2017 housing rose to the top of the British political agenda for the first time in a generation. But despite the media spotlight, few stories examined the catastrophic long-term failures that resulted in a chronic shortage of social housing in the United Kingdom.

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the U.K. over the past thirty years. The film reveals how individuals and communities are fighting against the state and private developers, as they try to save their homes from demolition, while investigating the decisions that turned a crisis into a tragedy.

Dispossession is the story of people who know that housing is not an expensive luxury, but a fundamental human right.


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

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

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

Estimated number of street homeless people in the UK in 2016

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



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08:45, Nov 24
RT @SouthwarkLawCen: If you haven't seen this -go It is a clear and honest account of what is happening in our communities. Makes you angry…

08:45, Nov 24
RT @Porchester1929: Thank you for the opportunity to view this 'must-see' film about the eradication of council home communities. When can…

08:00, Nov 24
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00:39, Nov 24
RT @the_young_fdn: We're screening #Dispossessionfilm in parliament today telling the story of social housing in the UK and how communitie…

00:18, Nov 24
RT @lucierussell12: Loved being part of it. Thanks @sng_paul for making a critical film. Lets keep believing we can change things! https://…

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