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Housing: Waiting Lists

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on waiting lists for housing in (a) Cleethorpes constituency and (b) Great Grimsby constituency in each year since 1997. (176873)

Information is collected at the local authority level. Cleethorpes constituency and Great Grimsby constituency falls within North East Lincolnshire council. The number of households on the waiting list for social housing in North East Lincolnshire council in each year since 1997, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600. The figures for 2007 will be available by February 2008. The link for this table is as follows:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/144458

Specifically, the waiting list for social housing in North East Lincolnshire council in each year since 1997 is given in the following table:

Households on the waiting list (excludes households looking for transfers)—North East Lincolnshire UA

Number

1997

5,545

1998

4,279

1999

4,480

2000

3,130

2001

2,851

2002

3,155

2003

3,735

2004

3,067

2005

3,948

2006

4,181

Note: As reported by local authorities. Source: Communities and Local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return (HSSA).

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. The size of the waiting list is not an indicator of absolute need, it is only useful as a broad indicator of housing demand in an area.