Thursday 22 August 2019 / 7:15 AM John Healey / Poverty

130,000 families in one-bed flats – John Healey responds

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, commenting on a new report from the National Housing Federation showing 130,000 families are being forced to live in one-bed flats, said:

“These figures show the impact of Conservative ministers’ cuts to housing investment at a time when new social housing has never been needed more.

“The country is now building 30,000 fewer social rented homes each year than in 2010, while there are over a million households stuck on council waiting lists.

“Labour will build a million genuinely affordable homes, including the biggest council housing programme in a generation.”

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Notes to editors

  • Over the last three years for which there are figures, an average of 2,123 council homes have been build, whilst 6,374 homes for social rent have been built.  That’s a total average of 8,497.

MHCLG, 4 July 2019, live table 209: permanent dwelling completed by tenure and country,

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/814221/LiveTable209.xlsx

MHCLG, 18 June 2018, live table 1000: additional affordable homes provided,

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/809386/Live_Table_1000.xlsx

  • There are 1,114,477 households on local authorities’ waiting lists.

MHCLG, 24 January 2019, live table 600: number of households on local authorities’ housing waiting lists, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/773004/LT_600.xlsx

  • 1,114,477 divided by 8,497 equates to 131 years to house everyone on council waiting lists.
  • In 2010-11 39,559 homes for social rent where built. That compares to just 6,434 homes built this year.

MHCLG, 18 June 2018, live table 1000: additional affordable homes provided, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/809386/Live_Table_1000.xlsx