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messageCouncil House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by MrsR September 05, 09:20AM

Just watched the first episode. I think it's a great advert for Southwark Council staff who often get a poor rap. The programme focused on some great local characters - staff and residents. It showed the pressures they are under and the difficult decisions staff have to make. I thought it was very well made and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by Froglander September 05, 06:39PM

Agree. Was very informative.

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by siousxiesue September 05, 07:49PM

I watched the first 2, but for some reason ep3 doesn't want to play for me! And that's the one I really want to see.

Aylesbury Estate, used to work there.

Can someone check if it's just me?

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by betternowthanthen September 05, 08:27PM

Yes Ep 3 is not working for some reason....

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by siousxiesue September 09, 08:04PM

betternowthanthen Wrote:
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> Yes Ep 3 is not working for some reason....


I reported it, it's fine now

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by Clutterqueen September 14, 11:57PM

I watched the first two episodes and couldn't believe how contrived it was.

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by Clutterqueen September 15, 12:08AM

Why would a young person with three children turn down a three bedroom property just because they had to climb some stairs? Apparently they were currently in a bedsit? The council officer joked and laughed with them about not accepting the property but at least they mentioned it would soon be snapped up by the next family!

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by IlonaM September 15, 08:44AM

Clutterqueen Wrote:
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> Why would a young person with three children turn
> down a three bedroom property just because they
> had to climb some stairs? Apparently they were
> currently in a bedsit? The council officer joked
> and laughed with them about not accepting the
> property but at least they mentioned it would soon
> be snapped up by the next family!

I think the point was that she would have to carry a pushchair up three flights of stairs to the third floor. She might have back problems etc. that we don't know about. Some flats are more suited to the able-bodied and less encumbered.

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by Pugwash September 15, 06:35PM

Some years ago, one of my clients had to move from his private rented tied house (the house went with the job)and was eligible for council housing. He and his wife were asked along to view a property on the Kingswood Estate - when the Housing Officer saw the couple his/her face fell as nobody had checked the application form properly and had allocated a flat on the 3rd floor, without a lift to an amputee who was permanently in a wheelchair!

They were rehoused some time later in sheltered housing - they reluctantly accepted this as no other suitable housing.

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by Clutterqueen September 15, 10:24PM

Another reason the young person turned down the flat was that she had been told it had two 'double bedrooms' and one 'single bedroom'. She complained it only had one 'double bedroom'!

messageRe: Council House Britain - Channel 4
Posted by alice September 15, 11:25PM

The show's a set-up. anyone got any recent comparative stats on social rent housing? Southwark is abysmal.


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