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Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

Paul Sng | 2017 | UK | 82 mins | Cert 18 | English language

+ special introduction and post-film Q&A by the director Paul Sng and Dr Lisa Mckenzie from the London School of Economics and Political​ ​Science.

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. DISPOSESSION: 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.

In 1979, 42% of Britons lived in council housing. Now that figure stands at just 8%. The Thatcherite Right to Buy scheme has allowed people to own their own homes for the first time. But what was a step into homeownership for a generation of working class people has proven to be the start of a long slide towards a housing crisis in the UK. With 1.4 million people on the waiting list for a council house, and 250,000 classed as homeless, the role of private developers, ‘regeneration’ and gentrification appears to be making the problem much, much worse. With recent changes to housing policy signalling the end of social housing as we know it, DISPOSSESSION encounters both experts and residents from places like East London’s own Balfron Tower. In doing so, it powerfully makes the case that it is housing, not Brexit, which should be defining this election year.

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This screening does not include any adverts or trailers, with the film beginning just after 20:30, preceded by a brief introduction.

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