Thousands still waiting on Leeds City Council homes

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UNIONS have warned of a housing crisis after a new report showed Leeds has 20,334 households waiting for council housing, with house prices in the city at 4.8 times median earnings.

Statistics from the GMB showed that there are 236,105 households in the Yorkshire and the Humber on a local authority housing waiting list, with Leeds having been named by officials as being the third worst in the county.

Tim Roache, GMB Regional Secretary, said the figure was a “direct result of the dominance of the metropolitan elite, career politicians and professional classes” in parliament.

He said: “MPs have contempt, born of pure ignorance, for building good quality council homes for families of millions of lower paid workers who can never afford to buy a home.”

Leeds Council is soon to start work on its biggest new council house building programme in 30 years. The Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, Coun Peter Gruen, said: “As the country’s second largest local authority, we clearly are likely to have a bigger number of people on our council house waiting list than many smaller authorities. 
“However, we agree with the GMB that having affordable places for people to live in Leeds is vital and that is why we are already undertaking an ambitious programme.”

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