Nigel Long

Liberal Democrat Campaigner for St. Mary's Ward, Andover Learn more

Affordable Housing

by nigellong on 11 November, 2013

social housingWith Christmas not far away, Shelter has highlighted their recent findings and state that more than 80,000 children in the UK will face spending Christmas living in ‘shocking conditions’ in temporary housing. The Shelter report states that the number of families living in emergency accommodation is at a 10 year high. Also the Local Government Association has stated that the shortage of affordable housing has made the use of bed and breakfast the only option in some cases.

In Test Valley, the shortage of affordable housing continues to be a pressure for the Council. At the present time there continues to be no households in bed and breakfast, mainly due to prevention work by the housing option team. There is an increased availability of affordable housing resulting in the high level of house building in the Borough.

Test Valley uses 185 properties across the Borough as temporary accommodation, from hostel type accommodation through to privately leased properties. In most cases people will move on after about two years, into permanent housing. Also there are 135 units of single persons accommodation, where support is provided through supporting people contracts administered by Hampshire County Council.

Last year saw 360 new affordable homes compleated in Test Valley. However there are still 2,396 people on the Councils waiting list, despite reducing the housing register to those with a housing need and a local connection.

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