4,000 are taken off Southend Council housing waiting list

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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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5:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

At last! that seems like a truly a sensible rule. I know who will get my vote on May 5th
At last! that seems like a truly a sensible rule. I know who will get my vote on May 5th Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 14

5:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
At last! that seems like a truly a sensible rule. I know who will get my vote on May 5th
May 5th? The local elections and Euros are on the 22nd
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: At last! that seems like a truly a sensible rule. I know who will get my vote on May 5th[/p][/quote]May 5th? The local elections and Euros are on the 22nd Kim Gandy
  • Score: 16

5:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

jolllyboy says...

This is sensible, however it would also be sensible to make it 5 years before you could buy the house as I see tenants as speculators now rather than those in need.
This is sensible, however it would also be sensible to make it 5 years before you could buy the house as I see tenants as speculators now rather than those in need. jolllyboy
  • Score: 14

6:00pm Tue 18 Mar 14

emcee says...

jolllyboy wrote:
This is sensible, however it would also be sensible to make it 5 years before you could buy the house as I see tenants as speculators now rather than those in need.
Nobody should be allowed to buy "social housing". Social housing is just that, housing based on need rather than want.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: This is sensible, however it would also be sensible to make it 5 years before you could buy the house as I see tenants as speculators now rather than those in need.[/p][/quote]Nobody should be allowed to buy "social housing". Social housing is just that, housing based on need rather than want. emcee
  • Score: 58

6:36pm Tue 18 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
At last! that seems like a truly a sensible rule. I know who will get my vote on May 5th
May 5th? The local elections and Euros are on the 22nd
UKIP wont have you anymore, I will put my name to that...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: At last! that seems like a truly a sensible rule. I know who will get my vote on May 5th[/p][/quote]May 5th? The local elections and Euros are on the 22nd[/p][/quote]UKIP wont have you anymore, I will put my name to that... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 19

9:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ary1042 says...

If they stretch these regulations a bit they might get it down to zero people on the waiting list. Or if really clever with the figures even a surplus in housing stock which could then be sold off to help fund council services.
If they stretch these regulations a bit they might get it down to zero people on the waiting list. Or if really clever with the figures even a surplus in housing stock which could then be sold off to help fund council services. ary1042
  • Score: -9

9:50pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Bigmama1 says...

Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.
Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants. Bigmama1
  • Score: 20

10:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Bigmama1 wrote:
Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.
Let them buy them. But at market value, with the money ringfenced to build new council houses.
[quote][p][bold]Bigmama1[/bold] wrote: Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.[/p][/quote]Let them buy them. But at market value, with the money ringfenced to build new council houses. Nebs
  • Score: 11

10:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

profondo asbo says...

Nebs wrote:
Bigmama1 wrote:
Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.
Let them buy them. But at market value, with the money ringfenced to build new council houses.
agree 100%. it should be a commercial transaction.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bigmama1[/bold] wrote: Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.[/p][/quote]Let them buy them. But at market value, with the money ringfenced to build new council houses.[/p][/quote]agree 100%. it should be a commercial transaction. profondo asbo
  • Score: 10

11:53pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Cockle says...

This appears, on the face of it, to be a logical refocusing of priorities; as long as no one in genuine need has been removed then I'm in agreement.

An interesting figure to go alongside this well publicised reduction in the waiting list would be the figure of people who actually left the list because they were housed.

Would be good to now see a concentration on getting the 225 deemed to be in greatest need housed.
This appears, on the face of it, to be a logical refocusing of priorities; as long as no one in genuine need has been removed then I'm in agreement. An interesting figure to go alongside this well publicised reduction in the waiting list would be the figure of people who actually left the list because they were housed. Would be good to now see a concentration on getting the 225 deemed to be in greatest need housed. Cockle
  • Score: 4

1:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

emcee says...

Nebs wrote:
Bigmama1 wrote:
Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.
Let them buy them. But at market value, with the money ringfenced to build new council houses.
All well and good if there was enough palces to to build all these new council houses. At best (and I mean AT BEST) all the council achieve at the moment is gaining a tiny handful of social housing properties chucked into the corner of a private development as part of the planning consent. Even then the developer often decides to renegotiate (and often succeeds) this consent. All the towns building plots are sold to private developers leaving nothing for social housing.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bigmama1[/bold] wrote: Council tenants shouldn't be allowed to buy their house. If they want to be home owners they can go and buy from the open property market. They can start small and move up the ladder like others have done. Let the council properties remain with the council for tenants.[/p][/quote]Let them buy them. But at market value, with the money ringfenced to build new council houses.[/p][/quote]All well and good if there was enough palces to to build all these new council houses. At best (and I mean AT BEST) all the council achieve at the moment is gaining a tiny handful of social housing properties chucked into the corner of a private development as part of the planning consent. Even then the developer often decides to renegotiate (and often succeeds) this consent. All the towns building plots are sold to private developers leaving nothing for social housing. emcee
  • Score: 9

2:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

As long as your name is Ahmed or Trovoski you should have no problem getting a home atall.
As long as your name is Ahmed or Trovoski you should have no problem getting a home atall. I hate the police!
  • Score: -1

10:30am Thu 20 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

I hate the police! wrote:
As long as your name is Ahmed or Trovoski you should have no problem getting a home atall.
as unpopular as your / my comment will be, that's about the strength of it.... thousands already in southend, and not noticed too many homeless, if you open your eyes, and ears...... this is the driving factor behind the 'no local connection' clause, an attempt to stem the tide.......
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: As long as your name is Ahmed or Trovoski you should have no problem getting a home atall.[/p][/quote]as unpopular as your / my comment will be, that's about the strength of it.... thousands already in southend, and not noticed too many homeless, if you open your eyes, and ears...... this is the driving factor behind the 'no local connection' clause, an attempt to stem the tide....... pembury53
  • Score: -1

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