Size of housing register falling, but frustration continues for many

Braintree and Witham Times: Developments like South Street, Braintree, aim to create more affordable housing across the district Developments like South Street, Braintree, aim to create more affordable housing across the district

The number of individuals and families waiting for council housing is decreasing, but frustration is rising for many of those who feel their needs are being ignored.

Braintree Council’s housing register currently contains 2,529 names, the majority of which are in Band E - the lowest priority.

At present there are 1,014 people in Bands A to C, those whose needs are given highest priority.

The current size of the list shows a significant drop from last July, when it contained 3,310 names.

But the thousands of househunters still have only a handful of options at a time to fight for.

Full report in this week's newspaper

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11:37am Sun 6 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Needs?

And they are getting house for free?
Needs? And they are getting house for free? Jack222
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12:46pm Sun 6 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

A Couple of Conundrums to alleviate the boredom of an Essex Sunday.

(1) Re the Report - The Mystery of Band D.

Total number on Register (Band A to Band E) 2529.

For Band E to represent a ‘majority’ it must therefore contain at least 1265 thus leaving no more than 1264 for Bands A to D.

We are told that Bands A to C total is 1014 leaving a maximum of 250 for Band D

One can see therefore that Band D could be anything from as little as ‘0’ to 250 whilst Band E would correspondingly be anything from a maximum of 1515 down to 1265.

But why have we not been told about Band D - which presumably is the ‘next to lowest priority’?

Didn’t the journalist think to ask? Have we stumbled on some dark council secret here?


(2) Re the Picture - How Many Workers…….?

If it takes three men, one mere slip of a girl, and a supervisor to lift a shovel of sxxx how many does it take to change a light bulb?

I’m totally stumped on this one. I can’t even work out why the word s.a.n.d has been censored.

I’ll have to call on my ‘offshore mucker’ /@|_|@\ to help out on this one.

Are you awake yet Florida Boy?
A Couple of Conundrums to alleviate the boredom of an Essex Sunday. (1) Re the Report - The Mystery of Band D. Total number on Register (Band A to Band E) 2529. For Band E to represent a ‘majority’ it must therefore contain at least 1265 thus leaving no more than 1264 for Bands A to D. We are told that Bands A to C total is 1014 leaving a maximum of 250 for Band D One can see therefore that Band D could be anything from as little as ‘0’ to 250 whilst Band E would correspondingly be anything from a maximum of 1515 down to 1265. But why have we not been told about Band D - which presumably is the ‘next to lowest priority’? Didn’t the journalist think to ask? Have we stumbled on some dark council secret here? (2) Re the Picture - How Many Workers…….? If it takes three men, one mere slip of a girl, and a supervisor to lift a shovel of sxxx how many does it take to change a light bulb? I’m totally stumped on this one. I can’t even work out why the word s.a.n.d has been censored. I’ll have to call on my ‘offshore mucker’ /@|_|@\ to help out on this one. Are you awake yet Florida Boy? OMPITA [Intl]
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