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Aylesbury Vale housing waiting list: people living in "unsanitary, overcrowded or unsatisfactory living conditions"

Councils across the country have been criticised for lack of social housing

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:48am 7th February 2020. (Updated at 6:43pm 7th February 2020) 3-minute read.

Aylesbury Vale housing waiting list: people living in "unsanitary, overcrowded or unsatisfactory living conditions"

People on the list for social housing in Aylesbury are waiting in unsatisfactory conditions.

Aylesbury Vale District Council had 1,268 households on its waiting list who were identified as staying in unsanitary, overcrowded or unsatisfactory living conditions at the end of March 2019.

They formed part of 2,808 households on the list, according to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government statistics.

This was a 24% decrease from the total number waiting a year previously.

The opposite pattern was seen across England as a whole, where the number on waiting lists rose by 4%, to 1.2 million.

Housing charity Shelter said its own analysis of government figures showed there was a net loss of more than 17,000 social homes last year, with sales and demolitions outweighing new builds.

The charity is calling for investment in a new generation of social housing to be reflected in the Government’s forthcoming Budget.

Polly Neate is Shelter's chief executive:

“With over a million families in desperate need of social housing, it is absolutely outrageous that we are haemorrhaging thousands of secure social homes every year.

“All the while families are forced to live in overcrowded conditions, single parents are making the impossible choice of eating or paying the rent, and children are growing up homeless in grim B&Bs.”

AVDC have provided this background information:

The statistical data presented is from the year 2018/19, the figures quoted includes families that were accepted on to the housing register as having some level of housing need. In the majority of cases our customers' housing need included the need for additional bedrooms as families grow and their current home was unsuitable for them. There is no evidence that these homes were unhygienic. Those seeking rehousing are both from the private sector and existing social tenants whose circumstances have changed.

At the present time Aylesbury Vale currently has a total of 1910 applicants seeking housing in the Vale (February 2010), of these households 534 are in need of additional bedrooms or alternatively have a medical need to move to more suitable accommodation. 

Councillor Mark Winn, AVDC Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We can provide the assurance that any claim that as many as 1,000 households are living in unsanitary accommodation is simply not correct and we have no sight of how that figure has been arrived at. 

“We have consistently built amongst the highest level of affordable homes in the country. Despite that, the demand for housing in Aylesbury Vale remains high and I have personally pushed that we should try and tackle the issue of affordability by increasing the number of homes build this year at the lowest social rent level. 

“These challenges around affordability and supply of housing will be very important ones for the new Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire to tackle.”

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