Latest figures from the Department of
Communities & Local Government show that social housing
lettings by local authorities decreased by 9% in 2016/17, a
continuation of the long-term trend in the decline in the number of
Lettings by private registered providers also decreased in the
same period by 11%.
Total new lettings by private registered providers and local
authorities in 2016/17 was 334,602 - the lowest total in the last
10 years and down from a high of 394,484 in 2011/12.
In the 2007/08 the number of lettings by local authorities was
145,403 compared to 103,122 in 2016/17.
Coupled with the continuing decline in the total stock of
council housing this is not good news for those on council housing
waiting lists and will make a grim reading for those homeless households living in temporary
accommodation and others on council housing waiting
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