Leeds City Council has announced that the number of long-term empty homes in the city was slashed by a third in 2010-11. I say “announced”, but the figures have been released buried in a State of the City Report that’s going to be presented to a full meeting of the Council tomorrow (7th December).
The report says that 3,243 long-term empty homes were brought back into use in 2010-11 “through a mixture of enforcement, partnership work and the Private Sector Lettings Scheme (PSLS)”, leaving only 6,500.
Is it just me or isn’t that an astonishing achievement?
What’s equally astonishing is, given the debate that’s raging nationally about empty homes, the Council doesn’t seem to consider the achievement worthy of publicising. In extensive interviews with the Yorkshire Evening Post on the local housing crisis last week it didn’t merit a mention by the council’s executive board member for housing Peter Gruen.