Government does not care about UK’s housing crisis, says George Clarke
The architect and TV personality fronts a new Channel 4 documentary titled Council House Scandal.
Celebrity architect George Clarke has claimed the Government does not care about the UK’s housing crisis.
Clarke, who presents Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, told The Big Issue the fact he saw an acute housing shortage across the country proved there was “something fundamentally wrong with the entire system”.
The TV personality, 45, addresses the problem in a new documentary, titled George Clarke’s Council House Scandal, released to mark the centenary of the Addison Act, which in 1919 kick-started a state-built housing boom.
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That’s the Council House Scandal Campaign TV Episode done! Thanks to Henry @sonicvistastudios in Ibiza for being an absolute legend! I feel honoured to have been in his studio. Watch ‘George Clarke’s Council House Scandal’ at 9pm on 31st July on @channel4 ...I’ve wanted to make this programme for more than 12 years! #CouncilHouseScandal . . . #CouncilHouse100 #councilhouse #HousingCrisis #EnoughisEnough #CouncilHouse #Shelter #AffordabilityCrisis #Housing #Britain #HousingMinister #economicjustice #economicinjustice
He told the magazine: “This is going to be one of the most hard-hitting things I ever say. But the Government doesn’t care. Because if it did, it would radically change its policies. It is about action, not words…
“We as a nation should be standing here, proud that we have solved the housing crisis, that we have built fantastic state-owned homes, that we have provided homes for those most in need. If we can’t do that there is something fundamentally wrong with the entire system.”
Clark, from Washington in Tyne and Wear, is currently working with Manchester City Council on a 27-house development.
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I’m so proud to be a new town boy. Brought up on a council estate with an amazing vision. Truly affordable homes in a beautifully designed community. It made me who I am today! Thank you Graeme Bell (a planner of my town in the 60’s) for sending me these! Watch ‘George Clarke’s Council House Scandal’ at 9pm on 31st July on @channel4 . . . #CouncilHouseScandal #councilhouse #HousingCrisis #EnoughisEnough #CouncilHouse #Shelter #AffordabilityCrisis #Housing #Britain #HousingMinister #economicjustice #economicinjustice
The presenter said politicians had a duty to provide homes to the nation’s most needy.
“Politicians can sit there and blame everybody else in the world, but as far as I’m concerned, the state has a responsibility to provide homes for those most in need,” he said.
“I was brought up on a council housing estate and I saw how really good, well-designed houses in a well-designed estate with great public spaces and amenities created a great community…
“Until those in power really fully understand how transformative a good, affordable, decent home can be for people we are never going to solve the housing crisis.”
George Clarke’s Council House Scandal airs on Channel 4 on Wednesday July 31.
The full interview with Clarke is available in The Big Issue, out now.