Council house waiting lists ‘could double as Covid support ends’

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Council housing waiting lists “could double” by next year, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned – a position that was postponed last year due to the expansion of pandemic support measures that are now closing.

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The organisation, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling on the government to use this month’s spending review to give councils the powers and funds to build 100,000 social rented homes a year. which it says will benefit the public purse. long term

A report commissioned by the LGA, the Association of Retained Council Housing and the National Federation of ALMOs, called Building Post-Pandemic Prosperity, described how one in 10 homes needed housing, but for more than five years. Was stuck in the waiting list of the council. According to government data released in March.


The report also said that by 2023 fewer than 100,000 new homes would be built across all tenures – social and market housing – which would not have been the case without the pandemic.

And the LGA said the pandemic could nearly double to 2.1 million homes next year as a result of the council housing waiting list.

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The LGA had issued a similar warning in November last year as well. It said the expansion of COVID support schemes such as eviction restrictions helped stem such growth, but now some support schemes are being discontinued, increasing the risk of problems with the system.

The report said that every 100,000 new socially rented homes constructed over 30 years is equivalent to £24.5 billion to the public finances, including savings in housing-related benefits, tax receipts from the construction industry and people There are broad implications of being involved. Higher quality and more energy efficient housing.

The LGA is calling on the government to reform procurement rights and allow councils to maintain 100 percent of receipts.

LGA spokesman Counselor David Renard said: “We are concerned that as life returns to normal, homelessness may increase in the coming months.

“We want to work with the government on a cross-departmental long-term homelessness prevention strategy and tackle our housing shortage as we recover from the pandemic.

“Giving powers and resources to councils to build 100,000 social homes for rent each year, including further improvements in right to purchase, will not only help reduce homelessness but provide a third of the government’s housing target.”

Mr. Renard said: “There is a dire need to build more social housing in this country, which should be a central part of the government’s ambition to level-up and build better after the pandemic. Social housing provides security and stability to families. A Nice Home, as well as a path to building your own home through Right to Buy.

“Now is the time to reverse the decline in council housing over the past few decades. The benefits are clear – a program of 100,000 social homes a year would shorten the council housing waiting list, reduce homelessness and cut carbon emissions, while a Billions’ long-term boost to a multi-economy.”


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