2023 EXPOSING BRITAIN’S SOCIAL EVILS prize short list

Stephen Topping

A two-year-old is dead and other children are struggling to breathe, Manchester Evening News

Stephen Topping is a reporter at the Manchester Evening News. His investigation reported on the death of Awaab Ishak due to prolonged exposure to mould, the scandal at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and the subsequent campaign to change the law in the toddler’s memory. This exposed the culture of blaming tenants for mould and pressed for an urgent change.

His shortlisted pieces are: