Sunday, January 16, 2011
Five million people on waiting lists
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."