Friday, 18 December 2009

YEARS TO GET SOCIAL HOUSING

Kent Green Party is concerned by reports which suggest local councils in Kent and Medway take a minimum of more than 2.5 years to provide social housing. The maximum period is a staggering 9.38 years. Steve Dawe comments:

"Research by Shelter confirms that Councils in Kent and Medway are uniformly slow in getting social housing for people, despite the availability of over 22,000 empty homes. The overall picture, determined by the record of how quickly lettings are made, shows the best local authority in Kent – Tonbridge and Malling – still takes 2.66 years to house a household on its waiting list. The worst, Thanet, is taking 9.38 years. The full picture is as follows:

Local Authority Households on waiting list Years to house them
ASHFORD 1248 2.98
CANTERBURY 3519 6.33
DARTFORD 2699 7.52
DOVER 2350 9.18
GRAVESHAM 1600 3.52
MAIDSTONE 2863 6.12
MEDWAY 9477 9.22
SEVENOAKS 1005 3.23
SHEPWAY 2095 5.74
SWALE 4166 7.53
THANET 4697 9.38
TONBRIDGE/MALLING 1421 2.66
TUNBRIDGE WELLS 1582 3.70
"No one should under-estimate the overcrowding, squalor and sheer misery these figures represent for households waiting for decent accommodation. Councils must have the power to buy empty properties to meet local housing needs."

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, on 01732 355185 and 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Notes: Full details available at http://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_issues/waiting_lists Select South East England list.

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