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Growing waiting lists for housing

Some councils are reporting a sharp rise in demand in recent months

The number of people waiting for social housing in Devon has risen, with one council reporting an increase of 28% over the last nine months.

Another council said the number of monthly housing enquiries had jumped from 200, six months ago, to 500.

About 30,000 people across the county are waiting for homes.

Brian Moore, an independent housing consultant, said demand for housing could become "at least as bad" as in the recession of the late 1980s.

West Devon Borough Council said it had almost 1,934 people on its waiting list, a rise of 28% from March 2008.

South Hams District Council said it had seen a 25% increase in its waiting list, while Torridge District Council said housing enquiries had gone up by 300 a month.

Plymouth City Council has 6,374 people on its housing waiting list and Torbay District Council has 6,342.

North Devon District Council has 2,712 people waiting for homes and reported a 20% rise in demand over the last two months.

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