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Council Housing: Waiting Lists

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex; and what the equivalent figures were (i) five and (ii) 10 years ago. (267210)

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. Information on local authority housing waiting lists is collected in respect of households rather than individuals. The number of households on the local authority housing waiting lists in all local authorities including Eastbourne and East Sussex is given in the following table:

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

South East

111,425

115,901

129,924

129,234

146,880

168,725

181,196

195,700

208,419

203,161

Bracknell Forest UA

1,308

1,302

1,331

1,413

1,604

2,812

3,019

4,076

4,067

4,122

Brighton and Hove UA

3,610

3,168

3,304

3,274

4,307

7,500

8,056

8,056

10,667

9,046

Isle of Wight UA

1,122

1,475

1,451

1,609

2,403

2,865

3,967

3,508

4,955

4,388

Medway UA

3,708

4.570

7,624

3,462

7,452

8,039

6,544

11,870

8,338

7,885

Milton Keynes UA

2,835

1,733

3,173

2,482

3,490

2,951

4,180

3,534

3,973

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Portsmouth UA

4,759

4,389

4,838

4,810

5,525

8,960

7,965

6,661

6,751

4,562

Reading UA

3,343

3,827

4,348

3,160

3,231

3,428

4,330

5,162

5,242

4,504

Slough UA

1,739

1,931

2,225

2,097

1,945

2,437

3,190

3,759

3,909

3.780

Southampton UA

3,699

4,522

5,148

5,811

6,697

8,128

9,225

11,126

10,117

11,662

West Berkshire UA

887

781

1,014

1,008

1,640

1,820

2,242

2,785

2,893

4,259

Windsor and Maidenhead UA

2,419

2,363

2,375

2,301

2,357

2,418

2,353

1,690

1,674

1,922

Wokingham UA

1,359

1,497

1,851

2,564

2,372

2,457

2,116

2,294

2,699

3,036

Buckinghamshire

3,568

3,523

3,751

4,153

4,783

5,494

5,774

7,299

8,084

7,830

Aylesbury Vale

841

785

842

965

1,165

1,394

1,804

2,191

2,545

2,899

Chiltern

667

631

698

763

1,034

1,182

967

1,125

1,207

1,130

South Bucks

1,064

1,030

1,115

1,102

1,120

1,161

917

1,641

1,787

1,701

Wycombe

996

1,077

1,096

1,323

1,464

1,757

2,086

2,342

2,545

2,100

East Sussex

6,096

6,777

7,711

7,100

9,044

10,026

10,497

10,969

12,416

11,068

Eastbourne

1,753

2,184

2,596

2,041

2,806

3,000

3,354

4.481

5,225

3,404

Hastings

1,490

1,763

1,921

1,734

1,866

1,482

1,575

1,296

2,175

1,730

Lewes

818

818

872

809

927

1,203

1,312

1,485

2,041

2,207

Rother

1,176

1,138

1,383

1,539

1,825

2,387

2,037

1,398

1,362

1,542

Wealden

859

874

939

977

1,620

1,954

2,219

2.309

1,613

2.1B5

Hampshire

19,127

22,070

22,634

24,071

24,558

28,635

30,357

32,361

39,846

37,905

Basingstoke and Deane

4,245

4,046

4,652

4,281

4,497

4,761

4,937

5,083

5,543

5,633

East Hampshire

1,828

2,403

1,789

1,890

2,238

2,115

2,229

2.890

2,763

2,153

Eastleigh

1,200

1,361

1,481

1,623

3,424

4,446

4,515

5,014

5,528

5,604

Fareham

929

1,184

1,152

1,146

1,625

2,353

735

1,448

1,158

1,717

Gosport

1,167

1,130

1,204

1,375

1,412

1,668

1,833

2,013

2,597

3,076

Hart

588

645

816

923

970

1,074

1,163

1,344

1,267

1,882

Havant

2,714

3,264

3,735

3,138

2,349

2,480

2,256

2,202

4,198

4,232

New Forest

1,383

1,672

1,615

2,686

2.428

3,339

3,891

4,241

4,969

5,228

Rushmoor

2,221

3,616

3,514

4,101

2,189

3,264

4,151

3,634

5,693

3,102

Test Valley

1,723

1,611

1,440

1,645

2,189

2,092

2,698

2,885

3,925

3,048

Winchester

1,129

1,138

1,236

1,263

1,237

1,043

1,949

1,607

2,205

2,230

Kent

19,738

20,385

21,042

23,257

24,875

26,502

29,833

30,706

28,543

30,523

Ashford

2,201

2,151

1,691

1,438

2,077

2,665

2,482

1,174

1,508

1,762

Canterbury

1,920

2,164

2,185

2,738

2,484

2,814

3,330

3,039

3,398

3,758

Dartford

1,575

1,557

1,794

2,042

1,997

2,582

2,652

3,728

3,502

3,225

Dover

2,231

2,186

1,998

1,895

1,808

1,850

2,229

2,534

2,869

3,033

Gravesham

1,847

906

1,173

1,291

1,439

2,085

1,977

2,141

1,479

1,610

Maidstone

959

926

1,756

1,512

2,173

1,254

2,562

1,764

2,079

2,290

Sevenoaks

1,444

1,377

1,534

1.475

1,613

1,736

2,160

2,625

1,132

916

Shepway

2,595

2,759

2,144

3,027

2,539

1,886

2,311

2,652

2,213

2,118

Swale

2,106

2,461

2,215

2,070

2,545

3,328

3,805

4,311

3,352

4,432

Thanet

1,528

1,997

2,356

3,444

3,659

3,242

3,419

3,394

3,757

3,255

Tonbridge and Malling

658

920

1,168

1,330

1,460

1,913

1,727

1,897

1,858

2,350

Tunbridge Wells

674

981

1,028

995

1,081

1,147

1,179

1,447

1,396

1,774

Oxfordshire

10,381

10,520

11,824

12,539

14,256

14,821

14,163

14,550

14,433

13,926

Cherwell

2,422

2,520

2,676

2,560

3,023

2,450

3,767

3,436

3,415

3,072

Oxford

3,099

3.121

3,378

3,217

3,572

3,991

3,525

3,816

3.965

3,313

South Oxfordshire

1,488

1,836

2,244

2,354

2,270

2,169

2,043

2,253

1,719

1,770

Vale of White Horse

1,919

1,802

2,292

2,698

3,313

3,717

1,981

2,817

3,185

3,640

West Oxfordshire

1,453

1,241

1,234

1,710

2,078

2,494

2,847

2,228

2,149

2,131

Surrey

13,774

12,775

13,635

13,797

15,577

16,867

19,080

19,591

23,337

25,517

Elmbridge

1,976

1,317

1,839

1,704

1,901

1,894

2,054

2.206

2,242

2,086

Epsom and Ewell

537

526

427

462

525

659

382

677

962

1,165

Guildford

1,603

1,802

1,806

1,698

1,902

2,100

2,247

2,455

2,802

2,898

Mole Valley

1,177

1,080

1,211

1,372

1,620

1,357

1,318

1,805

1,933

2,373

Reigate and Banstead

1,155

1,164

1,136

1,062

1,173

1,391

1,751

2,073

2,563

2,540

Runnymede

694

725

427

383

945

1,582

1,715

851

1,493

1,984

Spelthorne

2,284

2,538

2,571

2,681

2,767

2,865

3,314

2,983

3,552

4,494

Surrey Heath

436

525

529

528

536

681

1,174

1,512

1,583

1,757

Tandridge

1,077

806

816

825

836

1,122

1,272

1,107

1,220

1,350

Waverley

1,288

1,066

1,201

1,269

1,389

1,569

1,680

1,719

1,743

2,267

Woking

1,547

1,226

1,672

1,813

1,983

1,647

2,173

2,203

3,244

2,603

West Sussex

7,953

8,293

10,645

10,326

10,764

12,565

14,305

15,703

16,475

17,226

Adur

1,162

853

1,060

873

1,262

1,551

1,888

1,711

1,520

1,548

Arun

689

834

852

933

905

1,385

2,309

2,389

3,882

3,318

Chichester

2,148

2,106

2,187

2,220

2,167

2,280

2,126

2,762

2,678

3,779

Crawley

465

633

2,046

1,755

1,930

2,250

2,208

2,562

2,445

2,599

Horsham

710

908

1,154

1,262

1,450

1,424

1,437

1,504

1,413

1,204

Mid Sussex

1.418

1,494

1,407

1,468

1,476

2,027

2,121

2,113

2,176

2,313

Worthing

1,361

1.465

1,939

1,815

1,574

1,648

2,216

2,662

2,361

2,465

Note: As reported by local authorities. As at 1st April. Source: Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) return.

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

Additionally information on the number of households on local authority housing waiting lists broken down by Government office region and for every local authority, including the percentage of households this represents, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600 at:

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

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

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.