1,297 people in Cardiff waiting over 5 years on housing lists

November 6, 2014 12:43 PM

Salvation ArmyWorrying figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats reveal that in Cardiff 1,297 people have been on a housing waiting list for over five years and 143 people on a list for over ten years.

The figures, which were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests, show at least 2,096 people in Wales have been on a housing waiting list for over ten years, while astaggering 8,596 people have been waiting over five years for a house.

Cardiff Council had the highest number of applicants waiting over five years.

Jenny Willott MP, said:

"It's worrying that well over 1,000 people in Cardiff are having to wait for such a long time for a home so they can get on with their lives. Years of inactivity from Labour on housing targets is letting people down in Cardiff and across Wales. We have to speed up house building, use unwanted sites to build homes whilst protecting green spaces and stop prices getting any further out of reach of families, but unfortunately the Welsh Government does not seem to have a plan to achieve this."

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales Central said:

"It's unacceptable that so many people in Wales have had to put their life on hold to wait for a home.

"Over a decade of inaction by Welsh Labour in Government has led to an acute housing shortage, not just in Cardiff but across Wales. And it's not just these Cardiff people who have to suffer - a lack of houses in general means thousands of young families are unable to make the first step onto the housing ladder."

Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister, added:

"These figures are a stark reminder just how bad the housing shortage is here in Wales. Fifteen years of Welsh Labour in Government has led to literally thousands of people waiting over a decade for a home.

"Due to major failings with our NHS and our schools, it often goes unnoticed quite how badly Labour has let people down with regards to housing.

"For too long the Welsh Labour Government has taken a haphazard approach to housing targets. The Welsh Liberal Democrats believe the Government's Housing Act should have included a statutory duty for Government Ministers to set termly targets for the supply of new affordable homes. After each Assembly election, a new target must be set, with a duty to review it and report back annually. This issue is so important that these targets should be enshrined in law.

"Many of us are aware of derelict and empty homes in or near our neighbourhood. Not only are they a blight on our communities, but they also, frankly, are a waste of living space. It's time the Welsh Government developed an empty homes strategy so we can finally put these buildings back into use."

"Many of us are aware of derelict and empty homes in or near our neighbourhood. Not only are they a blight on our communities, but they also, frankly, are a waste of living space. It's time the Welsh Government developed an empty homes strategy so we can finally put these buildings back into use."

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