Council Houses: Cheats and Victims - join in the debate
Nearly five million people are on a waiting list for something that most of them won't get - social housing.
Filming in Sheffield, Portsmouth and London, Panorama reports on a housing crisis and tells the compelling stories of people who struggle to get by in overcrowded or hazardous homes or who have no option but to rent properties they simply can't afford.
And reporter Richard Bilton goes undercover to confront the cheats who make money unlawfully from badly needed council flats or offer cash rewards for council tenancies.
In big cities like London council properties can fetch up to five times more on the open market than tenants pay for them. Richard discovers one man making £350 a week profit on his council flat and another blatantly advertising to buy up council tenancies.
And in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the programme hits the streets with housing fraud investigators. One door knock reveals a man whose landlord is actually the tenant of a housing association. The rogue landlord ends up in court. The unwitting tenant faces losing his home.
In Sheffield, 170 miles north, Richard meets some of the people who are sitting on the country's longest waiting list for social housing. He spends the night with a family whose home is overcrowded, leaving two of them having to sleep on sofas in the front room.
And in Portsmouth Richard discovers that a shortage of council homes means hopefuls are told there's little or no point in putting your name down.
Pretty much only those in the most urgent need will get a roof put over their heads by the council.
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