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Affordable homes praise for borough

PUBLISHED: 12:39 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

THE borough ranks as one of the best in the country for providing affordable housing, figures show.

THE borough ranks as one of the best in the country for providing affordable housing, figures show.

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, launched the Housing League Table last Wednesday, which analyses the performance of the 323 councils in England in providing affordable housing - ranking Bromley sixth.

The term "affordable housing" is used to describe houses which can be afforded by those on a lower income. Bromley council is one of only eight councils in England to deliver more than its annual requirement of affordable homes and was one of only two London boroughs, along with Bexley, that are providing enough.

The council is required to provide 254 affordable homes a year, and last year, Bromley delivered 323.

Bexley council helped to deliver 233 affordable homes between 2006 and 2009, exceeding their target of 169. Shelter's chief executive Campbell Robb, said: "We know that the recession has created a difficult climate for house building, but the work of Bromley council clearly shows that, by working creatively with their partners, local authorities can deliver affordable homes.

"However, with nearly 3,800 households on the waiting list in Bromley, it is vital that the council continues to keep building these desperately needed homes."

The findings are part of Shelter's Housing League Table, a website that provides local housing data including house prices, housing waiting lists and levels of housing delivery. It will be updated annually to hold council performance and government policies to account on delivering more affordable homes.

Mr Robb added: "We hope members of the public will use this information to get in touch with their council and make their views on the need to deliver more affordable homes known.

"Councils must also be supported by significant government cash so they can deliver desperately needed affordable homes. That's why in the current financial climate - and with council budgets set to be slashed - it is vital that all political parties make affordable housing a long-term top priority.

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