Housing: Low Incomes

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what the average length of time taken was for a family to be provided with suitable housing after entering the socially provided housing waiting list in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last two years;

(2) how many families were on the socially provided housing waiting list in (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Information for average length of time on a housing waiting list is not collected centrally.

Information about social housing waiting lists is collected in respect of households rather than families. Where local authorities and registered social landlords operate a common register, households registered with the RSL will be included in the data. However, registered social landlords are independent bodies and can keep their own waiting lists. Information on the number of households on local authorities' waiting lists broken down by Government office region and local authority for 1997 to 2007 is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600 at:


Copies of this table have been deposited in the Library of the House.

The number of households on local authorities' waiting lists for Yorkshire and the Humber, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Leeds from 1997 to 2007 is given in the following table.

Number of households on local authorities' housing waiting: 1997 to 2007
Number of households on the waiting list (excludes households looking for transfers)
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yorkshire and the Humber 173,750 175,610 172,220 164,360 150,390 162,370 195,740 197,650 227,430 247,500 270,070
North Yorkshire 9,370 8,430 8,580 6,910 7,130 7,660 9,180 11,010 12,300 12,980 13,510
South Yorkshire 81,450 89,490 83,720 89,720 73,510 81,850 93,290 86,200 104,010 119,720 123,560
West Yorkshire 54,790 50,650 49,100 43,280 44,790 49,190 65,800 73,210 83,720 90,770 102,000
Leeds 19,640 18,850 27,010 22,770 25,320 26,640 31,110 30,960 30,700 23,850 24,780

As reported by local authorities. Excludes households looking for transfers. Rounded to the nearest 10.

(Leeds forms part of West Yorkshire)


Communities and Local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return (HSSA)

Local authorities in England report the number of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual housing strategy statistical appendix returns. 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. 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.

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