Study needed of West Norfolk housing problem, councillors claims

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A Lynn councillor has called for a task group to be set up to examine housing problems in West Norfolk.

Latest figures show the number of people on the borough council’s housing register has dropped by almost 10 per cent since last October.

But, during Thursday’s full council meeting, Labour’s Ian Gourlay questioned whether more detailed work needed to be done on the issue.

He suggested a task group should be set up to look at the subject, telling members: “There’s 152 people who describe themselves as having NFA and have to couch surf.

“There are 95 living with friends. I understand there’s 16 young people 16-25 in need of housing as well.

“Does this not indicate a need for more social housing and rental housing with landlords prepared to take on ‘problem cases?”

Adrian Lawrence, the cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s a fact we need more housing and this is what we’re working on. We are where we are and do the best we can.

“If we haven’t got it we can’t create it. We do the best we can.”

A total of 2,264 people were on the borough’s housing register at the end of May, down 230 on the period at the beginning of October 2014.

Mr Lawrence’s report to the meeting also revealed that 60 new affordable homes were developed in the borough during the 2014-15 financial year.