Freedom of Information request reveals number of families on housing waiting list in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 January 2018
More than 3,000 families are on the waiting list for a council house in East Devon.
In the last three years the list has grown by around 46 per cent, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by the Journal has revealed.
Council bosses have said one of the reasons for the rise is that many applicants cannot afford to rent privately or purchase a home in the district, so turn to the authority and housing associations for assistance.
The statistics, released by East Devon District Council (EDDC), revealed Exmouth had the highest number of people on the waiting list for a council home compared with anywhere else in East Devon.
There are around 2,300 people on the list and about 30 per cent of those are children.
The statistics showed there were around 180 single parents, 727 households with one or two people, 158 families of three, 109 families of four, 40 families of five, 21 families of six and one family of seven. To house all the larger families, the council would need to find around 170 homes with four or more bedrooms.
In Budleigh Salterton, there are 94 families on the council house waiting list – this includes around 150 adults and 44 children. There are around eight single parents, 65 households with one or two people, 14 families of three, 11 families of four, three families of five and one family of six. To house all the larger families, the council would need to find around 15 homes with four or more bedrooms.
Across East Devon, as of November 30, 2017, there were 3,143 families on the waiting list.
When looking at the numbers for the last three years, the statistics showed the number of people on the list had slowly been increasing.
In 2014/15 there were 2,297 households waiting and by March 2017 there were 3,361.
Although, as of November 30, the number of households on the waiting list had dropped by around 6.9 per cent.
An EDDC spokeswoman said the authority’s housing register was one of its barometers of housing need in the district.
She added: “We are constantly monitoring movements in the housing register and trying to secure new affordable housing where needs arise.”