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BBC consumer champion Matt Allwright joins councils’ housing team

The BBC's Matt Allwright with Babergh and Mid Suffolk Community Housing Officer Ian Watson ANL-150429-125825001
The BBC's Matt Allwright with Babergh and Mid Suffolk Community Housing Officer Ian Watson ANL-150429-125825001

Consumer champion Matt Allwright has joined Mid and Babergh District Council teams as a trainee housing officer for his new daytime BBC One TV Show.

The Housing Enforcers, which is due to air on Monday at 9am, sees Matt shadow housing teams across the country as they confront dodgy landlords, unwilling tenants and nightmare neighbours.

Spending two months earlier this year filming with the Mid Suffolk and Babergh team, Matt visited a variety of tenants, each with their own particular issue or problem.

Gavin Fisk, Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s corporate manager for tenant services, said it was important to shine a light on the hard work of his dedicated team.

“The work of housing officers often gets unnoticed,” he said.

“We expect this series of Housing Enforcers to highlight the challenges faced by our staff everyday whilst managing rural housing.

“Housing officers are often unsung heroes whose work has a direct impact on the lives of those tenants they come into contact with.

“We hope the TV series shows just how diverse, sometimes difficult, but above all rewarding, the work of housing officers is.”

Ian Watson, community housing officer for Babergh and Mid Suffolk, said: “It was great having some time with Matt.

“He understands the housing issues and is genuinely concerned for the tenants and how we deal with them.

“I am looking forward to seeing how our work compares to the other councils up and down the country.”


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