A NEW bill, allowing councils to create more social housing, could be the solution to Solihull’s 12-year backlog.
Recent figures from Shelter showed there are over 8,000 people on the borough’s housing register.
Although this is half the number of people than in Birmingham, it will take a decade longer to clear.
Now, Solihull MP Lorely Burt has thrown her support behind the plans - which she thinks could help the problem. “In today’s tough financial times councils need new and innovative ways of funding the repairs and new homes that Silhillians urgently need.”
If the bill becomes law, it will allow councils to use money they receive from developers to build or improve their social housing.
Ken Meeson, from the Smith’s Wood Green Party, is also alarmed by the figures and says that efforts should be made to ensure all empty homes are used.
“Many families are forced to leave Solihull because they cannot find affordable homes, and workers such as nurses, teachers and local government workers struggle to afford to live in the communities they work for,” he said.