Nearly 3,000 people have spent a decade or longer waiting for social housing in Newham.

As of the end of August 2015 there were a total of 15,721 applicants on Newham’s waiting list for social housing.

More than 2,918 of those had been waiting for more than a decade for a house, with 3,370 waiting for between five and 10 years after applying for housing.

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The figures were obtained by The Wharf after submitting a Freedom of Information request to Newham Council.

Along with the statistics, Newham Council issued a statement.

It said: “ Newham’s Lettings service implemented a Choice Based Lettings scheme in late 2002.

“Housing registrants are encouraged to actively bid for suitable housing to be considered for an offer.

“Therefore the time that an applicant may wait for an offer is determined by several factors.

“These include the priority awarded to the application, how long the application has been registered for, type and size of property required along with availability and the choices or preferences of the applicant.”

Here is the breakdown of how long applicants in Newham have to wait for a house:

  • 4,342 applicants have been on the waiting list for less than a year .
  • 2,541 applicants have been on the waiting list between one and two years .
  • 2,550 applicants have been on the waiting list between two and five years .
  • 3,370 applicants have been on the waiting list between five and 10 years .
  • 2,918 applicants have been on the waiting list for 10 years or more.