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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applicants are registered on social housing waiting lists in each London borough. (243602)

Local authorities in England report the number of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. Where local authorities and registered social landlords operate a common register, households registered with the RSL will be included in the data. However, registered social landlords are independent bodies and can keep their own waiting lists. Information on the number of households on local authorities' waiting lists is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600 at:

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

Copies of this table have been deposited in the Library of the House.

The number of households on local authorities' waiting lists in each London borough in 2007 is given in the following table.

Number of households on the waiting list (excludes households looking for transfers)—2007

Number

Inner London

157,840

Camden

10,440

City of London

1,340

Hackney

8,570

Hammersmith and Fulham

8,100

Haringey

10,250

Islington

10,600

Kensington and Chelsea

10,340

Lambeth

14,500

Lewisham

19,850

Newham

24,160

Southwark

8,990

Tower Hamlets

13,980

Wandsworth

8,700

Westminster

8,020

Outer London

176,020

Barking and Dagenham

9,190

Barnet

17,910

Bexley

6,120

Brent

18,610

Bromley

4,430

Croydon

9,780

Ealing

20,650

Enfield

6,990

Greenwich

12,180

Harrow

4,970

Havering

5,480

Hillingdon

8,050

Hounslow

9,920

Kingston upon Thames

5,620

Merton

5,890

Redbridge

11,400

Richmond upon Thames

4,580

Sutton

4,120

Waltham Forest

10,170

London

333,860

Note:

As reported by local authorities.

Source:

Communities and Local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return (HSSA)

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. 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.