Thousands stuck on council house waiting list, research shows

New research from the Liberal Democrats has found that over 105,000 people have been on social housing waiting lists for five years.

The data compiled figures from 168 local authorities which showed that 36,800 of people have been waiting to be allocated a council house for more than 10 years.

Tim Farron, Lib Dem leader, commented: “These figures are a stark reminder just how bad the housing shortage; literally thousands of people are waiting over a decade and some people, a shocking twenty years for a home to call their own.

“It is simply unacceptable that so many people have had to put their life on hold until a home is available to them.