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4,000 are taken off Southend Council housing waiting list
SOUTHEND Council has shed nearly 4,000 people from its housing waiting list in the past 12 months.
The authority had around 5,400 people on its waiting list for a council house this time last year. The current figure is almost a quarter of that, at 1,458.
Changes in legislation have allowed the council to remove thousands from the queue.
The Localism Act toughened up restrictions on who can join a council’s housing waiting list, which came into force in Southend last April.
Before, anyone could join the register to apply for a council house regardless of where they came from in the country or if they already had a home.
Now people deemed to already be in “adequate housing” are barred.
There are four priority bands, A to D, with the latter having the lowest need. There are now 294 people in band D and 225 given the greatest priority in A and B.
A council spokesman said: “This followed the introduction of the Localism Act 2011, which gave us the power to take groups of applicants out of the housing registers. In 2011 band D broadly contained applicants deemed to be adequately housed. Now, people in this category are not eligible for our register and band D is instead predominately for people with a housing need but no local connection.”
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