Report into Awaab Ishak’s death needs to be ‘wake-up call’, says Lisa Nandy

Labour MP Lisa Nandy has lashed out following a report into the death of a two-year-old due to poor housing conditions – and hopes it will be a wake-up call.

The Housing Ombudsman released their investigation into Awaab Ishak’s death today, revealing that other tenants had been treated the same way.

It prompted Wigan MP Nandy, the Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, to launch a barrage of tweets condemning this treatment.

She said: “This report must be the wake-up call that propels this to the top of the political agenda.

“Safe and secure housing is a fundamental human right.”

Ishak’s father had raised concerns with their homeowner, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, but no action was taken – leading to the child’s tragic passing in December 2020.  

Nandy said: “The circumstances around Awaab Ishak’s death were unconscionable.

“Today’s report lays bare a culture that repeatedly failed him and his family with the most devastating consequences.”

Property owners are required to address mould if it is considered a health hazard, and local councils can force their hands if required – however many renters concerns are left unaddressed.

Nandy added: “Worse still, this report lifts the lid on the lack of respect, care or response to far too many tenants.

“Measures to give them greater voice and improve standards are long overdue.”

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