When Ken Loach’s film ‘Cathy Come Home’ was released in 1966, it exposed an appalling lack of housing, with families forced to live in unsuitable accommodation, and a cruel system that separated families, taking children from their parents if they became homeless. Watching the film today exposes some shocking truths about how we’ve come full circle, with a huge shortage of affordable accommodation. In some respects, matters are worse. In 1966, private sector rents were regulated by law. And there was no such thing as ‘no fault evictions’ – tenants had a right to a secure tenancy, and could only be evicted for breaching their tenancy agreement or not paying their rent. Secure private tenancies and rent controls were abolished in the 1980s, making life for households in the private rented sector far more precarious.