Mil­lion on house list for years

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Stephen Hay­ward

OVER one mil­lion fam­i­lies are stuck on so­cial house wait­ing lists for years, shock fig­ures show to­day.

Only 290,000 so­cial homes were made avail­able last year – leav­ing a na­tional short­fall of more than 800,000 homes.

The huge gap is caused by a lack of new so­cial homes be­ing built and by ex­ist­ing homes be­ing sold with­out be­ing re­placed.

The prob­lem is na­tion­wide with ar­eas in­clud­ing Lon­don, Brighton, Black­pool and Strood, Kent, strug­gling.

The hous­ing char­ity Shel­ter says there are 1.15 mil­lion house­holds on wait­ing lists.

Al­most two-thirds are on lists for more than a year, while over a quar­ter wait for more than five years.

Shel­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Polly Neate said the fig­ures were dis­mal.

SHORT­AGE: Pub­lic homes

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