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

 

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07:29, Aug 21
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06:59, Aug 21
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06:58, Aug 21
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06:57, Aug 21
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06:57, Aug 21
RT @Donna_Peach: .@UKLabour .@jeremycorbyn have to stand up and speak out louder to state what they will do to reverse social cleansing #di…

06:56, Aug 21
RT @stayhapp: HOUSING IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. If you have an hour to kill & looking for another reason to hate the govt, go see #dispo…

06:56, Aug 21
RT @urban_urchin: #dispossessionfilm very important & timely.

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Sat 19 Aug

Liverpool

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Manchester

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Brighton

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London

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Norwich

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Glasgow

Glasgow Film Theatre

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Wolverhampton

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Kendal

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Colchester

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Inverness

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Edinburgh

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Cardiff

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London

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Newcastle

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