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Sun 27 Nov 2011 17:00 BBC Radio 4

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 22 November 2011

Against a backdrop of high unemployment and a reported million empty properties former squatter Robert Elms charts the history of squatting. He assesses the ideology and mythology that has surrounded this subversive search for a home. As the Government consider new legislation to further criminalise squatting, could it soon be a thing of the past?

Producer: Jim Frank.

  • Squatting: The need for shelter versus property rights

    Squatting: The need for shelter versus property rights

    As the government plans to make squatting illegal in residential premises in England and Wales, former squatter Robert Elms considers the practice's long history, and the issues it raises about the need for shelter versus the rights of property owners.

    Read Robert Elms' article on the BBC news website


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