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Council Housing: Middlesbrough

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and (b) (i) Middlesbrough and (ii) Redcar and Cleveland council areas are on waiting lists for council housing. (139735)

The constituency of Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland covers a large proportion of the Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough council areas. Information is not collected at the constituency level, only at local authority level and includes households rather than people.

The number of households on the waiting list for social housing in (b) (i) Middlesbrough and (ii) Redcar and Cleveland, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in table 600. The links for this table is given as follows, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/embedded_object.asp?id=1163853

Local authorities in England report the numbers of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. Not everyone on the waiting list is necessarily in urgent housing need. The waiting list includes those who consider social housing as their preferred or one of a number of housing options, and those who decide to get onto the waiting list ladder before they need or want to move house—particularly where the priority system is heavily based on waiting time.