Do you remember Oliver and Georgina's story?

It's finally reached a happy ending - but it shouldn't ever have come to this.

My name is Georgina, I’m 28 years old and I’m a secondary school maths teacher. I live with my three year old son in a one bedroom flat.
Oliver was diagnosed with a brain tumour 18 months ago. He has chemotherapy treatment every Monday.
In October 2017 I started noticing droppings everywhere. I told my landlord and pest control. They put traps and poison everywhere, all over the flat. In the boiler cupboard I ended up catching an animal – at the time I thought it was a mouse, but when I showed it to pest control, they told me it was a rat, due to the length of the tail.
Nobody should have rats where they’re living. This is particularly essential for my son, who is immune-suppressed because he’s undergoing chemotherapy. I’ve letters from a lot of medical professionals saying that this property is not suitable for Oliver, because of the high risk that it potentially poses. I’ve given these to the council and nothing has changed. It makes me very angry.
I think MPs need to put themselves in my position. The government needs to put more funding in for social housing. Families deserve a stable, long-term home where they can put down roots and make a fresh start for their children. We’re in the 21st century and this just shouldn’t be happening.

National homelessness charity Shelter published their story, urging everyone to demand the government #BuildSocialHousing to help families like Georgina's.

But Georgina’s case wasn’t prioritised until The Sun launched a campaign to get the pair a new home and politicians waded in from both sides.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called Georgina’s plight "totally unacceptable" and Tory MP William Wragg said she should be a "priority".

Georgina’s local MP, Vince Cable, said he was "sorry" her situation hadn’t changed after she first told him about it last year.

Housing Minister Esther McVey said:

I am delighted that Georgina and her son have a new safe place to call home.
However, no family should ever have to endure what they did. I hope councils across the country will take the steps needed to ensure no family goes through this again.
As Housing Minister I am committed to making sure that whether you live in social or private housing you are in a home which is decent, safe and secure.

Georgina says it is "a dream come true", telling The Sun how grateful she is that "we will have a home where we feel safe".

But a national tabloid shouldn't have to put pressure on the government to follow rules that are already there.

We dread to think of the many people like Georgina living in unsuitable private rented accommodation but with no other option. They desperately need social housing, but there is not enough of it.

There are more than 1.1 million households on social housing waiting lists in England.

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