Waiting list for large council houses

By on 26/01/2012 in Rebuttals

In response to today's Birmingham Mail article: 99-year wait for a council house we would like to respond with the following:

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“As the largest local authority in the country, naturally there is a demand for larger homes which is why we actively encourage downsizing amongst our tenants.  For example, someone with a four bedroom property or above whose circumstances have changed could downsize making the house available to a large family.  The Council has also prioritised the development of larger homes, and our ‘WiseMove’ scheme offers assistance to those tenants who no longer require a family home and wish to downsize to a smaller property.

“As the landlord of 65,000 properties the council's the waiting list changes daily, therefore it is difficult to give an average time of how long it takes someone to acquire a larger – four bedroom property or above – council property.  The city council allocates houses on the basis of priority need not time served on the waiting list. 

“Birmingham City Council has delivered over 200 new high quality homes since 2009 under its award winning scheme – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.  And has over 1,300 new homes in various stages of completion.  The city council has the biggest new home council house development programme in the UK.”

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