Babergh and Mid Suffolk officers return to BBC One’s The Housing Enforcers

Andrew Weavers, housing officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, alongside Matt Allwright on the BBC

Andrew Weavers, housing officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, alongside Matt Allwright on the BBC One show Housing Enforcers. Picture: BBC - Credit: Archant

Two “housing enforcers” in Suffolk have returned to our screens this week alongside presenter Matt Allwright.

Ian Watson and Andrew Weavers from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ housing team are featured in the latest series of the BBC One daytime show The Housing Enforcers.

The fourth series of the show started on Monday, February 27, and will air each weekday at 9.15am until March 24.

The show looks at the work of housing officers who deal with a whole range of issues such as signing up new tenants, antisocial behaviour, overgrown gardens and environmental health-related matters.

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.”

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Mr Watson and Mr Weavers have been working with the producers of the show for the last two years and already appeared in series two and three.

For Mr Watson said: “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.”

The councils praised the duo for their work, which usually goes unnoticed.

Jan Osborne, Babergh’s cabinet member 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.”

Jill Willshaw, Mid Suffolk’s member with responsibilty for housing, said: “We know our tenants can have very individual needs and this programme does a great job of shining a light on just how hard our staff work to handle anything that is thrown at them.

“Their willingness to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to solve problems and improve the lives of our tenants is a testament to the commitment and professionalism of the whole team.”

Series producer Kent Upshon said: “Both Ian and Andrew were brilliant guides through today’s housing crisis.

“There’s an old cliché about there being no such thing as an average day as a housing officer, but our time in Suffolk and Babergh proved time and time again this to be true.

“Through them, we saw a huge range of different housing challenges, but the one thing that didn’t change was Ian and Andrew’s honest and professional approach to doing their jobs.

“We feel we really captured an authentic feel of what it’s like to be on the front lines, and I know our viewers will feel the same”.

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