Awaab's Law
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Awaab's Law

Manchester Evening News

Manchester, United Kingdom

Category Public Relations and Community Service

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Overview of this campaign

The aim of Awaab's Law was to ensure no family should suffer what two-year-old Awaab Ishak's went through. The little boy died after prolonged exposure to mould in his parent's flat, which was rented from a social landlord who repeatedly ignored their pleas for help.

The campaign wanted new laws which include:

A 14-day time limit for social landlords to inspect damp and mould

Repairs carried out within seven days when there is a risk to health

Clear information for tenants about their rights

Results for this campaign

The first article about Awaab's death was published in the summer. His inquest was in November, and the MEN launched its campaign following the conclusion of the inquest.

Within days, 150,000 people had signed a petition calling for action, and a government minister had visited Rochdale to see for himself what had been going on. He backed the MEN's campaign.

In early January, following the MEN's work in 2022, he announced a major review of legislation, again citing the MEN's campaign.

The fight goes on.


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