Total households on the housing waiting list at 1st April - Local authorities are expected to keep a waiting list of housing applicants in order to deliver their statutory allocation functions.
The housing waiting list should include both households in housing need and those not in housing need. However, this should exclude existing local authority tenants seeking a transfer within the authority's own stock.
“Housing need” should include those people in identified housing need who are given priority under the authority's allocation scheme and must include those in the “reasonable” preference categories set out in s.167 of the Housing Act 1996, i.e. (a) people who are homeless (but not owed a homelessness duty); (b) people owed a homelessness duty because they have been accepted as unintentionally homeless (or threatened with homelessness) and in priority need or intentionally homeless and in priority need, and people accepted as unintentionally homeless and not in priority need and provided with accommodation at the authority's discretion; (c) people occupying unsanitary or overcrowded housing, or otherwise living in unsatisfactory housing conditions; (d) people who need to move on medical or welfare grounds, including grounds relating to a disability; and (e) people who need to move to a particular locality in the district of the housing authority, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship. For this metric data was not published at a FRS level therefore the LGA has calculated a value for each individual FRS based on the constituent council values. Please note that these are not official statistics but simple estimates so should be used with care. Regional values are calculated from all single tier and district authorities.
Source name: Communities and Local Government
Collection name: Local Authority Housing Statistics (LAHS)
Polarity: No polarity