Council fails to provide enough affordable homes, claims Shelter
NORTH Devon council is delivering only 13 per cent of the affordable homes needed in its area, claims housing charity Shelter.. Shelter s Housing League Table, launched today (Friday), shows North Devon is failing to deliver enough affordable homes, and
NORTH Devon council is delivering only 13 per cent of the affordable homes needed in its area, claims housing charity Shelter..
Shelter's Housing League Table, launched today (Friday), shows North Devon is failing to deliver enough affordable homes, and is ranked 214 out of 323 English local authorities.
Local authorities are responsible for identifying the housing need in their area and for ensuring enough affordable homes are provided to meet this need. However, Shelter's research has found that 216 councils, including North Devon, are delivering fewer than half the number of homes they have identified are needed.
Shelter's chief executive Campbell Robb said: "These figures are extremely worrying. With 2,525 households on the housing waiting list in North Devon, the council must work far harder to ensure more desperately needed affordable homes are provided if it ever hopes to meet the housing needs of the local population."
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"Independent experts commissioned by the council say 821 new affordable homes need to be built each year in North Devon, but an average of only 107 have been delivered in the last year, leaving a shortfall of 714 homes per year."
The findings are one part of Shelter's Housing League Table, a new one-stop-shop website that provides local housing data including house prices, housing waiting lists and levels of housing delivery. The website also ranks councils according to their current levels of affordable housing delivery against their analysis of housing need. These rankings can be found at: www.shelter.org.uk/housingleaguetabledata
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Shelter hopes the website will provide councillors and the public with information about the need for affordable housing, with the league tables updated annually to enable the public judge how their council is performing.
Mr Robb added: "The recession has created a difficult climate for house building, but these figures clearly show that North Devon council is struggling to provide enough affordable homes for those who need them.
"We hope members of the public will use this information to get in touch with their council and make their views on the need to deliver more affordable homes known.
"Councils need to do more to deliver affordable homes but must also be supported by significant Government cash. That's why in the current financial climate, and with council budgets set to be slashed, it is vital that all political parties makes affordable housing a long-term top priority.