Neighbourhood Watched highlights the difficult decisions housing officers must make
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BBC 1 last night broadcast the first episode in the third series of Neighbourhood Watched.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary follows housing officers in Greater Manchester as they go about their work with tenants to address issues such as overcrowding, hoarding and under-occupation.
Although it will be a warts-and-all look at the job of housing management, it should help the profession draw a line under the failures highlighted in the case of the 16-year-old in Dover, who resorted to sleeping in a tent when the local authority refused to accept him as homeless. The case, which hit the headlines last week, showed the complexities which housing officers navigate on a daily basis. In the vast majority of circumstances they do so successfully and Neighbourhood Watched shows just how valuable this often unsung work can be.
The executive director of neighbourhoods at one of the landlords involved in the programme, New Charter’s Tony Powell, has written an article for us explaning why they got involved. You can post your questions for him at the end of the article.
Stuart Macdonald is editor of Inside Housing