How to Get a Council House: This final instalment focuses in on Tower Hamlets’ Homeless Service and some of the people that come to them to request a new home


The final instalment of the show focuses in on Tower Hamlets’ Homeless Service where, every year, 3,300 people come claiming to be in urgent need of a new home.

The range of stories is unexpected and heartbreaking, from a woman claiming she accidentally burnt her house down, to a mother who claims her son is sleeping in a cupboard, and a father who brings in his disabled son to announce he’s evicting him.

While local council have a legal duty to find housing for some people, it is only if they fall into a priority group, meaning that some homeless people are now not entitled to any help at all. With a severe shortage of council housing, they are forced to place those who do qualify for housing into expensive temporary accommodation and private rented flats.


It’s up to a team of over-stretched housing officers to work out who is and isn’t telling the truth about their situation, who should be given help and who should be turned away.

How to Get a Council House concludes tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm

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