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More than 1,000 people have left the social housing register in the last year – but one applicant has been waiting 36 years for a home.

The exclusive figures, obtained by The Bracknell Times through a Freedom of Information request, show that throughout 2012/13, 490 applicants were rehoused in the borough, and other people removed themselves from the list, while 936 new applicants joined the list.

As of July, there were 2,698 individuals or families waiting for social housing, down from 4,012 in the same month last year.

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