Some 1.15 million households ‘stuck’ on social housing waiting lists

This, with a net loss of over 17,000 social homes last year.

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Some 1.15 million households are stuck on social housing waiting lists, while there was a net loss of over 17,000 social homes in the last year, new research reveals.

That 1.15 million figure is confirmed in Government figures for 2019 and represents an increase of by 4% in the last year

Against this, there are over 17,000 fewer social homes than last year, as 23,740 were sold or demolished and just 6,287 delivered.

Even more social rent homes have been lost through conversion to less affordable forms of renting.

Overall, in the last decade, there has been a net loss of almost 60,000 social homes through sales and demolitions not replaced.

“Too many people are spending years waiting for a social home that isn’t coming,” said Shelter chief executive Polly Neate.

“The government has said now is the time invest in the future – they must ensure a new generation of social homes is part of that future.

“With the budget just around the corner, housing cannot be ignored when the government gets its chequebook out,” she said.

Taken from the MHCLG live tables on rents, the stats  show that in 2019 here were 1,157,285 households on the waiting list for social housing.

The net loss of social homes in the last year is calculated by comparing the 2018/19 number of social rent homes completed (6,287) with the 2018/19 number of social homes lost through sales (19,389) and demolitions (4,351).

With it assumed that sales and demolitions were previously let at social rent – this results in a net loss of 17,453 social homes.

Shelter looked at data from 2009/10 to 2018/19 to work out the net loss of social homes in the last ten years.

In the last ten years 174,224 social rent homes were completed whilst 165,986 social homes were lost through sales and 67,393 were lost through demolitions.

Shelter says the evidence shows even more social rent homes are likely to have been lost through the conversion of social rent to other less affordable forms of renting.

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