Sunday, January 16, 2011

Five million people on waiting lists

Social housing waiting lists rise in England

The number of people joining waiting lists for social housing rose last year, councils in England say. More than 11,000 people joined the lists from July to September last year, 12% more than the previous quarter. Richard Kemp, vice-chair of the Local Government Association, said there was "no long-term solution to this problem". The government says it is working to find a solution to what it admits is a housing crisis. Waiting lists rose 72% over the last 13 years, from just over one million in the late 1990s to almost 1.8m by 2008. This latest rise means five million people are now on waiting lists across the UK and councils say they are being forced to use more private accommodation. "We haven't been building enough homes to keep pace with demand."

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10 thoughts on “Five million people on waiting lists

  • Perhaps our Lords and Masters consider ‘homelessness is a price worth paying’.

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  • The demand for using private landlords is definitely increasing in Peterborough. There appears to be a reduction in the space allowed for families seeking council housing and so large families are being squeezed into the properties that could be used for others seeking 4 bedroom and 3 bedroom accommodation.

    With many properties unoccupied and repossessions increasing there is plenty of old stock still to be used, but the speed with which these are being used is slow. They are then being used for private professional tenants instead of housing those on benefits.

    My experience has been that those on benefits don’t move around as much as private tenants and so can be a better bet for private landlords – why is there still such a concern about taking on tenants on benefits?

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    “The government says it is working to find a solution to what it admits is a housing crisis.”

    Ah, if only platitudinous soundbites built homes.

    I look forward to seeing the track record of team Shapps/Pickles in a few years time.

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  • “The government says it is working to find a solution to what it admits is a housing crisis.”

    Agenda 21.

    Problem, reaction, solution.

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  • Sounds like a stike against small fry private landpigs to me.

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  • landofconfusion says:

    I saw this on the news yesterday morning and yet there was nothing on the BBC website. Fast forward to yesterday evening and there was nothing on the news about this, just Tunisia (obviously more important).

    Anyway with regards to the article, this is what happens when you allow the financially inept to buy (then sell and rent-back) their council house.

    It’s also funny because I’ve been doing a bit of informal research recently including asking some of the people I know (and asking them about their families) whether they own/rent etc. From this there seems to be a clear and distinctive generational line with those who are over about 45 and who have always been in low paid employment tending to have brought their council house. Everyone else it seems either brought with a mortgage (fairly common with people over 38), is still a council/HA tenant (very rare) or (usually if young) rents privately.

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  • If young rents privately – from those aged over 45 I presume .

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Easily fixed, stop paying Housing Benefit to private landlords and build more social housing.

    Slightly more controversially, they might consider scrapping Housing Benefit for council tenants and just charging as much as tenants are willing and able to pay, which will be about £5 a week on some estates but £500 a week for some flats in central London, they can take that extra rent from central London and use that to build even more social housing.

    Of course, Land Value Tax and a Citizen’s Income would be a better way of doing it, but hey.

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  • Mark,

    Isn’t your rent differential what Osborne proposed with social housing rents. 80% market value? At 80% market value social housing rents in parts of the North will actually end up coming down, offsetting gainsmade elsewhere. With the magic beans, sorry I mean money generated, Georgie is proposing 50,000 new housing units and a fairytale castle for every good little girl and boy.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Fubar, no way in a million years will the Tories build more social housing, they’d rather sell it off. Or best case, they’ll only build it with the sole purpose of selling it off in marginal constituencies shortly before an election.

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