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Council Housing: Hertfordshire

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire; and what the equivalent figures were (i) five and (ii) 10 years ago. (256490)

Information is available on numbers of households rather than people. The number of households registered on local authority housing waiting lists in each local authority, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600. The latest available data are at April 2008. The link for this table is given as follows:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/table600.xls

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. Hemel Hempstead is included under Dacorum district council. The number of households on local authorities’ waiting lists in Hertfordshire and Dacorum is given in the following table.

Number of households on the council house waiting list (excludes households looking for transfers)

April

1998

2003

2008

Dacorum

3,274

3,465

4,794

Hertfordshire

18,601

19,677

26,891

Source:

Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA).

Further information on the number of households on the local authority housing waiting lists for England, can be found in the statistical release “Local Authority Housing Statistics England: 2007-08: Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) and Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA)” This was published on 22 January 2009 on the Communities and Local Government website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/lahousing200708

Copies of the statistical release and live table have been deposited in the Library.

The accuracy of the local authority housing waiting list depends on the extent to which housing authorities keep the register up-to-date, e.g. some households might already have found housing, yet remain on the list. It is also important to bear in mind that not everyone on the waiting list will necessarily be in urgent housing need. It will also include those who consider social housing as their preferred choice, 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.