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:
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. The City of York constituency is included in the unitary authority of York. The number of households on local authorities’ waiting lists in the unitary authority of York is given in the following table. Data are not available prior to 1997.
York UA 1997 4,515 1998 4,139 1999 4,624 2000 4,496 2001 4,425 2002 3,459 2003 3,625 2004 1,888 2005 2,122 2006 1,600 2007 1,927 2008 2,289 Source: Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA)
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:
Copies of the statistical release and live table have been deposited in the Library.
Not everyone on the housing waiting list is necessarily in urgent housing need. The housing 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 housing waiting list is not an indicator of absolute need, it is only useful as a broad indicator of housing demand in an area.