Christian Weaver speaks out about Housing Ombudsman’s damning report

29 March 2023

Christian Weaver, Housing Obudman's special investigation

Christian Weaver, who represents the family of Awaab Ishak, has been speaking out about the Housing Obudman’s special investigation into the family’s housing association – Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).

Awaab died as a result of a severe respiratory condition due to prolonged exposure to mould in his home environment, despite repeated attempts by his family to have the issue addressed by RBH.

The Housing Obudsman which published its report yesterday, states that “a culture of ‘othering’ of the residents lies at the heart of the issues at the landlord. This involves a pattern of exclusion and marginalisation based on identities perceived as different.

You can read the Housing Ombudsman’s report here.

In order to publicise the findings of the report, Christian gave interviews to several media outlets including Sky News, LBC, BBC North West television and Channel 5 News where he highlighted the issues raised in the report around refugee and asylum seeker status as well as calling for better access to legal aid for families subject to housing disrepair.

Christian has also been working with Awaab’s family and others to push for the implementation of ‘Awaab’s Law‘. Michael Gove has since committed to this, as can be seen here.

You can read the response from RBH to the report here. 

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