Locals top the waiting list for social housing

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Foreign nationals in South Holland are not being given priority in the social housing waiting list, in spite of national statistics showing a 40 per cent increase in such lettings.

A spokesman said of the 3,872 tenancies in the district, just 56 (1.5 per cent) are classed as foreign nationals.

He said: “There is considerable demand for social housing but equally a shortage of supply and therefore it is paramount that homes are provided on a fair and equitable basis.

“All applications to the council’s housing register are robustly checked. This includes looking to see if they have a connection with the district, their current circumstances, if they have accommodation elsewhere and assessing whether they are entitled to any assistance.”

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a crackdown on social lettings to migrants this week, claiming he would end the “culture of something for nothing” and encourage councils to give locals priority over housing.

However, according to an immigration protestor, the Government’s latest announcement is “too little too late”.

Bob McAuley, of the Boston Protest Group supporting next month’s demonstration in Spalding, said the crackdown on immigration was the action of “a Prime Minister running scared”. He said: “The Prime Minister needs to stand up to the European Union (EU) now. He’s just trying to appease voters.”

Plans are progressing for the demonstration in Spalding on Sunday, April 20. Mr McAuley, said: “It will be a peaceful, organised and civilised static meeting.”