Norwich is in dire need of more local authority-owned properties. ‘Affordable’ housing allocated to the council or a housing association from a proportion of newly-built private enterprises are rarely affordable in a real sense to most people.
The lack of stock impacts the move-on from hostels and temporary accommodation, which in turn affects the numbers of people trapped within homelessness. In particular, there is a shortage of one bedroom properties meaning many single people either remain on the Housing Register for a long time or move into somewhere they are then obliged to pay additional bedroom tax on.
Together with this, there is also a need for larger accommodation for families to live in. It is time to replenish the stock lost to the Right to Buy scheme.
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