Magazine article Public Finance

Council Waiting List Has Risen by Half since 1997

Magazine article Public Finance

Council Waiting List Has Risen by Half since 1997

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More than 1.5 million people are waiting to move into a council house in England - 52% more than when Labour came to power in 1997, new figures reveal.

The analysis of council house waiting lists by the Liberal Democrats shows 1,548,083 people waiting for a home compared with 1,019,475 eight years ago.

The largest rise has come among the local authorities in the Southeast, where waiting lists have risen by 77%, followed by London (71%) and the Northwest (61%), according to parliamentary answers given to Brent East MP Sarah Teather.

Teather, who shadows the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Liberal Democrats, said the figures showed high house prices had placed home ownership out of the reach of many families.

'More and more are turning to councils for help finding a home but every year there are fewer and fewer affordable homes for the people who need them,' she said. …

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