The discovery was made when a Freedom of Information request was made by local Conservatives, exposing the 400 empty homes, in one of London’s most deprived boroughs.
The news has angered local residents, and has led to questions about the Council’s ability to manage its estate. The number of vacant homes is nearly equivalent to the number of homes on the Fenwick Estate, which is one of the estates the Council has earmarked for demolition. This is unwelcome news for the Labour-run council, which is also fighting legal battles over questionable procurement processes, and has allocated £8.3 million of money from the Housing Revenue Account (tenants' rent money), instead of repairing and maintaining council homes.
Local Conservatives continue to call into question the Council’s ability to run its housing service.