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The action plan to sort out Bristol's housing shortfall

The new Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has announced a new member for housing.

It comes as figures obtained by ITV News showed that thousands of people are on a waiting list for just a few dozen houses in Bristol.

Today we spoke to Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, and asked him what he's got to say to the 9000 people currently on the waiting list:

We know how important it is to have somewhere secure to live - where you know you're not going to be turfed out after six months

– Cllr Paul Smith

The Labour mayor put housing at the forefront of his campaign, promising to build 2000 homes a year by 2020.

Housing objectives:

"We have to build more council housing, housing association housing, housing to buy."
  • The Council has taken 80 hectares of land off the market so they can build on it
  • They aim to build 2000 new homes by 2020
"We need to make sure that none of our houses are emptier longer than they need to be"

'It's a huge problem' - Bristol Mayor's plans to tackle the city's housing crisis

New figures released after a Freedom of Information request by ITV News show thousands of people are on a waiting list for just a few dozen houses in Bristol.

More than 9000 people are on the waiting list for social housing in the city but of all the properties under council ownership only 41 are available to rent.

We are committed to reaching out to people around Bristol, across the West of England, across the country, who want to join with us in investing in Bristol to get the homes we need, to tackle our social crisis.

It's top of our priority list.

– Mayor Marvin Rees


Are you stuck in a rent trap?

New figures show people are paying out the equivalent of a housing deposit on their rent. Credit: ITV News

The average renter in the South West has paid over £38,000 to their landlord since 2010 - according to new figures released by the housing charity Shelter.

They says this leaves people caught in a "rent trap" - paying high housing costs and unable to keep up with rocketing house prices.

According to the figures, five years rent costing the same as an average 19% deposit for a first time buyer.

5 year rent for average two bedroom home in the South West
Average price of first time buyer home in the region

Highest rents in the region:

Living in an average rented home in Bath and North East Somerset would have meant paying out more than £49,000 over five years. In Bristol it’s £47,855, and £44,330 in parts of Dorset.

What could your rent have bought you?

Shelter have released an online calculator which helps people work out how much rent they've paid over a given time, and how far that money could have gone towards a first-time home.

Are you trying to save to buy your first home? Credit: ITV News

The charity is now calling for the government to invest in homes that people on ordinary wages can afford.

When just five years of rent could get you the deposit on a house, it’s no wonder the South West’s renters feel like they’re getting a raw deal, paying through the nose for something they can never call their own.

– Campbell Robb, Shelter Chief Executive

Government figures released last month showed that ‘generation rent’ is continuing to grow. 46% of 25-34 year olds now privately rent, compared to 24% 10 years ago.

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