HCR (‘waiting list’) numbers down, no need for all those housing developments then?

There are currently 18,500 households registered with Cornwall Homechoice and only a small number of vacancies each week.


It is interesting to note that current HCR numbers now at 18,500 are well below the 30,020 figures for 2016. A lot of this reduction is we guess the result of removing households who were not in need. We suspect that the new rules will result in a further fall.

This raises an interesting question – namely as lots of development proposals were pushed forward on the basis of housing need using flawed figures, then presumably some of these developments are no longer required and permission should be rescinded?

As we have argued in the past the level of need has been exaggerated and many of those on the HCR are already in accommodation. Therefore we do not have to build that many new houses.

Many of the problems of housing relate to the distribution of the housing stock; earnings; benefit rules and lack of security of tenure for many private renters.


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