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Fall In Social Housing Waiting List Welcomed By Farron

January 22, 2016 2:37 PM

Figures released by the government showing a fall in the social housing waiting list in South Lakeland have been welcomed by local MP Tim Farron. However, Tim has warned that the government's plans could have "grave consequences" for those still on the list.

The latest data show that since 2015 the number of households on the social housing waiting list in South Lakeland has fallen from 3470 to 2852.

Tim has welcomed this news and praised the council for their efforts in achieving this, but has warned that the government's 'Right To Buy' proposals will have a significant negative impact on the availability of social housing.

In a recent parliamentary debate, Tim pointed out that over half of the council houses in South Lakeland are now privately owned, and many are expensive private lets. He has repeatedly stated his concern that the 'Right To Buy' plans will lead to a huge reduction in the availability of social housing, which will leave those on the waiting lists with an ever smaller chance of getting a home.

Tim said: "This latest news about a reduction in the waiting list here in South Lakeland is good news for those currently on the list. However, it is clear that across the country we are facing a massive housing crisis, and the government's plans will exacerbate that.

"Those currently on the social housing waiting list will find themselves competing for an ever-smaller number of homes, as the government's Right to Buy scheme is introduced and the stock of housing is reduced.

"The government needs to seriously tackle the housing crisis, and that means building more affordable homes, not selling off the existing stock of social housing. Particularly in areas like ours, these homes will all too often end up as expensive private lets or second homes, which will destroy the social diversity of our communities."