ABOUT

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.

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

For all enquiries about the film, contact:
[email protected]

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SCREENINGS
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Mon 02 Oct

London

Curzon Soho

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Tue 03 Oct

Manchester

Friends Meeting House

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Wed 04 Oct

Canterbury

The Gulbenkian

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Sun 08 Oct

Bradford

Science + Media Museum

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Tue 10 Oct

Poole

Lighthouse

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Thu 12 Oct

London

The Young Foundation

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Thu 12 Oct

London

Bernie Grant Arts Centre

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Fri 13 Oct

Haworth

Haworth Cinema

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Mon 16 Oct

Bristol

Watershed

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Mon 16 Oct

Derby

Quad Cinema

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Wed 18 Oct

Leicester

Phoenix

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Wed 18 Oct

London

Ritzy Cinema

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Wed 18 Oct

Poole

Lighthouse

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Thu 19 Oct

London

Bernie Grant Arts Centre

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Sun 22 Oct

Bridport

Bridport Arts Centre

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Sun 22 Oct

Stirling

Central Scotland Documentary Festival

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Thu 02 Nov

Southampton

Harbour Lights Picturehouse

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Fri 03 Nov

Sheffield

Curzon Sheffield

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Mon 06 Nov

Northampton

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

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Sat 25 Nov

Colchester

Firstsite

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Tue 28 Nov

London

Genesis Cinema

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Wed 06 Dec

Clevedon

Curzon Clevedon

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