Shock new figures have revealed that Haringey is the 8th worst council in the whole of London for the number of empty homes. The number of vacant homes in Haringey jumped up by 1,000 in 1 year from 1,357 in 2014 to 2,397 in 2015.
Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government also show that the situation in Haringey has got worse. The Labour-run council had the 28th highest number of vacant homes in 2004 whilst the latest figures from 2015 ranking the borough as 8th worst in London.
Despite thousands of people being on the Labour-run council’s housing waiting list, last year there were 2,397 vacant properties in the borough last year. The figure includes empty council homes, housing association and private sector homes.
The figures also show that neighbouring Camden Council, also run by Labour, was the 7th worst in London in 2015, having been the 14th worst in London for vacant home in 2004. Camden had 2,617 vacant homes last year.
Haringey Liberal Democrats have been pushing Labour to take more action to tackle the scandal of empty homes in the borough.
Haringey Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Gail Engert, comments:
“To have 2,397 empty homes in Haringey is shocking when there are so many residents in desperate housing need and to be the 8th worst borough in London is shameful.
“Labour councillors say their top priority is housing but their record shows that this is nothing more than hot air, they have still not built a single council home in Haringey for over 25 years.
“These thousands of homes lying empty in the borough could make a huge difference if the Labour-run council took action. The Liberal Democrats will keep fighting residents’ corner and push Labour to increase the housing supply in Haringey.”