Babergh in BBC’s housing enforcers show

Babergh district council offices

Picture Mark Westley
Babergh district council offices Picture Mark Westley

Two members of staff from Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s Supported Living Schemes will once again feature in the latest series of the BBC One daytime show ‘The Housing Enforcers’.

The fourth series of the show started last week and will air each weekday at 9.15 am until March 24. It is hosted by presenter Matt Allwright and looks at the work of local authority housing officers who deal with a range of issues such as signing up new tenants, antisocial behaviour, overgrown gardens and environmental health-related matters.

Community housing officers Ian Watson and Andrew Weavers have been working with the producers of this show for the last two years and they have already appeared in series two and three.

In the current series, viewers will see the pair in 10 episodes altogether, where their work on the front line will show them dealing with anything from ‘right to buy’ fraud and abandoned properties to attending evictions and serving notices.

Mr Weavers said: “The programme producers and crew have been very supportive and it has been good to show the mixture of issues we deal with every day.

“Social worker, mediator, police officer, support worker and friendly face – these are just some of the people we are expected to be during the course of our work. We have no doubt changed people’s lives or even saved them along the path of our careers.”

Mr Watson added: “The shows have been fair and quite positive, not like some other benefits programmes, so when we were asked to do more programmes after series two, I was quite happy to do this because of the way they portrayed our work.”

Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “Our housing officers are a real credit to both councils and this programme shows just what an invaluable service they provide for our tenants. Viewers of the programme will see just how hard this team works to find solutions, even when they lie outside their normal area of activity, and the positive impact they have on people’s lives.”

Series producer Kent Upshon said: “We were really keen to open up the series this year, to look at the more human side of housing, and the challenges faced by both tenants and housing officers.”