[Diggers350] ITV News Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt Reports On Chronic UK Housing Destitution

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue Apr 13 22:13:50 BST 2021

ITV News Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt 
Reports On Chronic UK Housing Destitution


<https://tlio.org.uk/author/tony/>TONY GOSLING 


Investigation launched into ‘disgusting’ damp and 
mouldy council housing after ITV News report


he Housing Ombudsman has launched an 
investigation into “disgusting” social housing 
conditions after ITV News reports revealed damp 
and mould was widespread throughout the UK.

Following an initial report on “unliveable” 
conditions in a number of homes in the London 
borough of Croydon, 
<https://twitter.com/DanielHewittITV>ITV News 
Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt was 
“inundated” with “hundreds and hundreds” of examples.

ITV News investigations have found there is a 
“growing problem with severe mould and damp” 
throughout the UK, with councils often not dealing with residents’ complaints.

Richard Blakeway, Housing Ombudsman, said mould 
and damp in someone’s home can have a 
“significant” impact on their health and their life chances.

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with leaks, damp and mould in tower blocks across UK

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‘unliveable’ council housing conditions some have endured during lockdown

He said he’s also “concerned that we are not 
seeing cases where we could help, and want to 
investigate further into this issue”.

He said he wants to use new powers to look 
“in-depth at the response of social landlords to damp and mould issues”.

“I want us to make far-reaching recommendations 
to promote greater understanding and learning, 
helping landlords develop their approach to the benefit of residents.”

An initial review of case data found there had 
been a “high rate” of “maladministration” on 
cases that feature damp and mould over the last two years.

It said the fact that £68,000 in compensation had 
been ordered in same period showed “significant 
impact on residents in some cases”.

We’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of examples’: 
Daniel Hewitt on the widening housing crisis:

ITV News report in Croydon, the local council 
issued an apology and took strides toward 
addressing the issue, with 
resident being rehomed.

Public reaction to the report was huge, with 
social media users labelling the conditions 
uncovered as “disgusting”, “horrible”, “heartbreaking”, and more.

The Ombudsman wants to publish the findings of 
its investigation by autumn, and aims to “make 
far-reaching recommendations that promote greater 
understanding of the complexity of tackling damp 
and mould and share best practice across the sector”.

But those with private landlords will not have 
their concerns addressed as the Ombudsman 
investigation will only look at council housing and housing associations.

Citizens Advice, which has received 49% more 
complaints this year about unacceptable living 
conditions, says the Ombudsman investigation should look at all housing.

housing conditions could be part of ‘wider 
systemic problem’, council leader says

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Katie Martin, director of external affairs at 
Citizens Advice said the problem is a “real 
imbalance of power” between tenants and landlords.

Speaking to ITV News she said: “Landlord are 
still able to evict a tenant for no reason whatsoever.

“So many people live in fear, that if they make 
complaints, if they cause problems for their 
landlords by insisting that they get repairs 
done, they’re going to get evicted and all too often that happens.”

The Housing Ombudsman has issued a call for 
evidence to tenants and landlords, asking them to 
provide information to the information.

People wishing to submit evidence can 
so here.

Submit evidence here 

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mould-infested council flat moves into new home

Jenrick ‘disgusted’ by images from ITV News 
council housing report but adds ‘it’s not emblematic of wider sector’

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