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.

Reported by The Wharf. You can read the full story here. 

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