Hundreds have been waiting for an affordable home for more than a year

Housing needs register figures

Housing needs register figures

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More than 1,100 people have been waiting for an affordable home for more than a year in the St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath areas.

Council bosses revealed that 655 people in St Edmundsbury and 491 in Forest Heath have been waiting on the housing needs register Home-Link Choice Based Lettings Scheme.

Last year just 305 people in St Edmundsbury and 233 in Forest Heath were given housing association accommodation.

Meanwhile, St Edmundsbury currently has 1,330 live applications with 918 in Forest Heath.

Among those struggling to get a property is Kirsty Gallimore, 22, of Mildenhall, who has been looking for nearly two years. She wants to get a home with her partner as both work in Bar Hill.

Miss Gallimore said: “How awful is it that we are a percentage of the younger generation who work hard, not on benefits, never been in trouble with the law, we want to get our lives on track and be settled down in a flat before having a family yet without help from the local housing we can’t get a flat.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on individual cases but we allocate housing strictly according to need. The current position is that there is not enough affordable housing available for all those who want it and what is available goes to those in greatest need. We help those with less hope of obtaining social housing by providing advice about other options such as private renting and shared ownership.”