Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle
Stonehouse lecture theatre, Portland Square building of Plymouth University
Tuesday, April 10
‘50,000 ex-council houses are let for profit by private landlords,’ blips the trailer to Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, which is getting an airing in Plymouth. Makes you wonder about what has fuelled the housing crisis and created the social itch that has been looking for scapegoats.
‘Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the UK over the past thirty years,’ says the blurb.
‘Anyone who does not know the stories already will come away bewildered at what has happened. Anyone who does will wonder whether they have been looking at the wood or the trees,’ says Jules Birch in a thoughtful review on Inside Housing.
The Guardian says the ‘documentary offers a carefully balanced, clear-headed study of the myriad ways the UK property market has skewed and malfunctioned in the years since the Thatcher regime established the right-to-buy scheme’ in Mike McCahill’s review.
Shuffle your feet to the screening, which has refreshments and a refreshing debate in Plymouth on April 10.