Published: 4th May 2020

It would take an average of 17 years to re-house everyone currently on a waiting list for council housing around the country, according to a new survey. The survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) shows that on average, there were over 1.2 million households on council waiting lists nationally between 2013 and 2018. However, over the same period, the number of council-owned homes fell by around 84,000. Based on current projects trends CIPFA estimates that it could take anything up to 17 years to re-house households on the waiting list nationally. The report highlights regional variations in waiting lists and estimates that residents in the North West of England can expect to wait an average of 39 years for council housing because of pressures on supply. This is compared to an average waiting time in the East and West Midlands of between 8 – 10 … (To read the full article, subscribe below)