With the Housing and Planning Bill now having received Royal Assent – thus, becoming law – social housing is under threat more than ever before. The right-to-buy – revitalised and now extended – continues to cripple social housing stock, and with no government strategy, investment, or will to replace social housing stock that has been lost, favouring instead Starter Homes and other ironically unaffordable ‘affordable’ housing in its blinkered pursuit of home ownership above all other tenures, the death of social housing is not an apocryphal wolf a boy might cry about but a very real beast at our door, jaws already chomping on uncaring commercial sacrifice and the bones of broken communities.
This is not asset maintenance; it is asset stripping.
I have long argued that theatre, film, poetry, and other forms of storytelling will be vital in attempting to redress the near-unbridled, ideologically-driven assault on social housing. That is why I have backed Paul Sng’s Indiegogo campaign to create Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle – a no holds barred, feature length documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis – and I encourage you to do so too.
“Following the passing of the Housing and Planning Act, council housing as we know it is being abolished…Dispossession promises to be a confrontational and shocking exposé of an inhumane system, where a roof over your head is no longer a right, but an expensive luxury.”
You can back Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle on Indiegogo.
UPDATE (11/06/2016): The Indiegogo campaign to fund Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle has now ended. While the original funding target wasn’t met over £11,000 has been raised, which is great news.
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, Indiegogo, Online: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dispossession-the-great-social-housing-swindle–3#/, Available: June 2016