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133 year wait for rural social housing

The Yorkshire Post reported on new analysis of government figures by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) that suggest a 133-year wait for social housing.

The report examines recently released figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which show that it would take 133 years for all of the families waiting for social housing to be rehomed at the current rate new houses are being built.

The statistics show that 177,688 families are currently on the list for in rural council areas but last year only 1,336 rental homes were built in appropriate parts of the country.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said that it was the Government’s ‘mission’ to build enough homes and highlighted a £9 billion investment in affordable housing. But a spokesperson for the CPRE said that rural communities were ‘suffering silently’ and called for further investment in social housing specifically in rural areas.

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→ The Yorkshire Post - Campaign to Protect Rural England says there is a '133-year waiting list' for rural social housing

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