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Rented Housing: York

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people there are on housing waiting lists in City of York constituency; and how many there were in each of the last 15 years. (257833)

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. 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.

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

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)

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.

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.