Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Does the Public sector want the burden?

Over 10 years to clear lists

One in four English local authorities would take more than 10 years to house everyone on their council housing waiting list, it was revealed today. Shelter says a total of 82 authorities would take between a decade and 33 years to clear their waiting lists, or until 2019 to 2042. With the national waiting list reaching almost 1.8 million households, but only just over 270,000 homes let nationally last year, the average time for all councils to end their lists would be almost seven years. Of the 355 local authorities, Barnet, in North West London, would take the longest to house everyone on its waiting list at more than 33 years, followed by Redbridge in East London at more than 32 years, and Brent on 25 years. Shelter has blamed the severe shortage of affordable homes.

Posted by dill @ 11:36 AM (1070 views)
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3 thoughts on “Does the Public sector want the burden?

  • Hate to say this but wouldn’t problems like these be diminished by a lower population? Now, how can we achieve that quickly?…

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Just build 1.8 million units of social housing – once you take in the rents they pay and the savings on housing benefit for private slumlords, it would pay for itself (quite easily).

    I wonder why they didn’t think of it?

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  • I am not a hardcore Malthusian but I do believe a reduced population will have some part to play. The thing is, this happens naturally when a population is educated and enjoys a decent standard of living. Larger families are more common amongst those born overseas.

    I go with Mark’s solution of building 1.8 million social homes but I add the caveat that they must all be 3 bedroom (which is what much post war social housing was – my father grew up in a council house with 2 double and 1 single room) and that is what all families (or couples who may start a family) are given. Those sensible people who have two children have enough space. Those who have one child enjoy a spare room. There will be those who are over-crowded but this is how you encourage lower birth rates. Growing up in overcrowded housing puts you off having a large family yourself. As one of six, it has certainly deterred us!

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