Published: 12th Jun 2018

Shelter has published new analysis that reveals 1.15m households are in need of a social home and are stuck on long waiting lists, with only 290,000 social homes made available last year. For those stuck on long lists, almost two-thirds (65%) are made to wait on lists for over a year. And 27% must wait more than five years. Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, said: ‘The fact that one year on from Grenfell, some survivors are still homeless has totally shaken people’s trust in the safety net the state supposedly provides. And this is despite them being ‘fast-tracked’ outside the usual waiting list system, too. ‘Imagine then, how frustrating life must be for the millions of people elsewhere in the country who have been stuck on waiting lists, often for years on end. This is not just confined to London but happening right across the country, from Brighton to Blackpool. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)