Monday, 5 December 2011

Jon Snow uncovers more housing scandals in the latest edition of Dispatches tonight on Channel 4

Jon Snow uncovers more housing scandals in the latest edition of Dispatches tonight on Channel 4 at 20:30 as part of ‘The Great British Property Scandal’ series, which will be screening throughout this week. We urge you to watch live or catch up later at this link.

The hard hitting documentary will highlight some appalling housing conditions and looks at the growing concern around the housing options in place for vulnerable families.

Shelter is committed to working with elected representatives to help alleviate the distress highlighted in tonight’s documentary.

We have been calling on the government to increase the supply of truly affordable housing, as well as provide greater protection for homeless households by ensuring they are not placed in dangerous or unsuitable private rented sector housing. MPs can help with these efforts by maintaining the momentum of our campaign for greater action on tackling rogue landlords, through parliamentary questions and debates.

Shelter is also asking MPs to check their local council’s homelessness policies to ensure that families in their constituency are not being placed in unsuitable accommodation.

On a local level Shelter has been working with councils to promote robust accreditation schemes, to help ensure residents do not fall victim of rogue landlords. If you want to know more about how your local council can crack down on this problem, please read our briefing: Asserting authority: calling time on rogue landlords.

Should anyone in Hyndburn have housing problems please do not hesistate tto contact me or Shelter’s advice services.