Thousands languishing on London boroughs' waiting lists
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Research shows extent of London's housing crisis
Seven out of the 33 London boroughs have over 15% of their population languishing on housing waiting lists, new research has revealed
The data from the Left Economics Advisory Panel (LEAP) shows that the borough with the highest percentage of its population currently on the housing waiting list is the City of London, which has 44% (3,227) of its 7,400 population currently on the register.
However, Newham has the largest amount of people awaiting a home, with 71,622 (23% of its 308,000 population) on its list, followed by Brent with 54,342 (18%).
Bromley has the smallest figure, with only 3.1% (9,485) of its population of 309,400 on the list.
Overall, 885,963 people are currently on housing waiting lists in London, out of a population of 8,174,100. This means that just under 11% of the capital's population are in need of housing.
The Government, through the Localism Act, has given councils the power to make changes to waiting lists to ensure those on them have a genuine chance of getting a home. This has seen local authorities up and down the country consult on plans to remove applicants, for example, who are already adequately housed or who do not have connections to the local area.