Social Rented Housing: Mental Illness

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Conservative, Huntingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the number of people with mental health problems on social housing waiting lists.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Local authorities are required by law to ensure that ‘reasonable preference’ (priority) for social housing is given to those who need to move on medical and welfare grounds, including grounds relating to a disability. Statutory guidance issued to councils in 2012 includes ‘a mental illness or disorder’ as one of the indicators of the medical and welfare reasonable preference category

The annual Local Authority Housing Statistical return collects data on households on the waiting list for each of the reasonable preference criteria:

In 2016/17, there were 108,858 households that met medical and welfare reasonable preference criteria.

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