Council housing waiting lists ‘could double as Covid support measures end’

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He local government association has warned that council housing waiting lists could double by next year – a situation that was postponed last year due to the expansion of pandemic support measures that are now closing.

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organization, which represents the councils England And Wales calling for Government To use this month’s spending review to give councils powers and funds to build 100,000 social rented homes a year, which it says will benefit the public purse over the long term.

In a report commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Retained Council Housing and the National Federation of ALMO, called Building Post-Pandemic Prosperity, the research highlights that one in 10 people in need of housing The house is stuck on the council’s waiting list. For more than five years, according to government data released in March.

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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.

There is a dire need to build more social housing in this country

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And the LGA said the report also warned that housing waiting lists could nearly double next year to 2.1 million homes as a result of the pandemic council.

The LGA had issued a similar warning in November last year as well. It says that the expansion of Covid support schemes, such as eviction restrictions, helped prevent such growth, but adds that now that some support schemes are closing, there is a new concern.

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 also calling on the government to reform the right to purchase and allow councils to retain 100% of receipts.

LGA spokesman Counselor David Renard said: “We are concerned that as life returns to normal, cases of 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 the right to buy, 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 families with the security and stability of a good home, as well as a way to own their own home through Right to Buy.

We are investing over £12 billion in affordable housing over the next five years – the largest investment in affordable housing in a decade

“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 will shorten council housing waiting lists, reduce homelessness and cut carbon emissions, While will give a multi-billion long-term boost to the economy.”

labor shadow housing secretary Lucy Powell described the Conservatives’ record on social housing as “tragic”.

He said the labor would give local authorities the power to buy and develop land for housing to “empower communities”.

A spokesman for Leveling Up, the Department of Housing and Communities, said: “We are building more social housing and taking action to reduce waiting lists, which have fallen to nearly 600,000 homes since 2010.

“We have given over 382,000 affordable houses for rent, including 149,400 for social rent. But we must go further, so we are investing over £12 billion in affordable housing over the next five years – the largest investment in affordable housing in a decade.”

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