Region in 'housing crisis'

First published in News by , Reporter (Darlington)

THE North East is in a "housing crisis" according to a report which reveals almost 100,000 people are on social housing waiting lists.

The study ‘Home Truths: North East’ by the National Housing Federation (NHF) shows that 91,000 households were on the waiting list for social housing in 2011, but only 5,220 new homes have been built in the region over the last year.

North-East house prices have risen three times faster than earnings in the past decade and the high cost of renting privately means that one out of every 12 North East households is now stranded on a social housing waiting list.

Monica Burns, North-East lead manager for the NHF, said: “The lack of affordable housing is a tragedy for families across the North-East who are helplessly watching as the cost of renting or buying a home spirals out of reach.”

Ms Burns suggested that disused land owned by government departments could and should be used to build more affordable homes.

She said: “The North-East has the weakest economy in the country and action is needed now to help an entire generation who are struggling to find work.

“Building new homes and renovating existing ones is the quickest and most effective way to boost a local economy where we know construction is suffering.

“This would help solve the North-East’s housing crisis and create desperately needed jobs.”

The Home Truths report also found that North East local authorities accepted 1,800 households as homeless in 2011/12 which placed an extra burden on housing associations as they often provide emergency accommodation for people in immediate need.

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3:11pm Fri 23 Nov 12

BMD says...

I hope the study ‘Home Truths: North East’ by the National Housing Federation considered the open door immigration policy by the previous Government and the excessive benefits policies which has fueled the spiraling rental market.

The current Government is trying to cap benefits to £500 per week!
I hope the study ‘Home Truths: North East’ by the National Housing Federation considered the open door immigration policy by the previous Government and the excessive benefits policies which has fueled the spiraling rental market. The current Government is trying to cap benefits to £500 per week! BMD
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9:16pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Savant_NE says...

If the Government is determined to reduced Councils incomes , back to 70's levels .Then it follows that Councils must reinstate 'Council Owned ' housing developments that provided much needed income,and ethical rental levels.It will bring much needed jobs and investment into this area.Housing benefit will then be paid to the council accounts and not private profiteers.What are they waiting for 'bankrupcy' or is it just easier to say "the Government is cutting our money so we have to stop trying and cut services."
If the Government is determined to reduced Councils incomes , back to 70's levels .Then it follows that Councils must reinstate 'Council Owned ' housing developments that provided much needed income,and ethical rental levels.It will bring much needed jobs and investment into this area.Housing benefit will then be paid to the council accounts and not private profiteers.What are they waiting for 'bankrupcy' or is it just easier to say "the Government is cutting our money so we have to stop trying and cut services." Savant_NE
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10:51am Sun 25 Nov 12

loonyleft says...

bmd ,the problem with rented housing is nothing to do with immigration,there have hardly any council houses built for thirty years or more, if you want to blame anybody blame sucessive governments for not building any.
bmd ,the problem with rented housing is nothing to do with immigration,there have hardly any council houses built for thirty years or more, if you want to blame anybody blame sucessive governments for not building any. loonyleft
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