THE number of people on the council house waiting list is expected to drop dramatically this year due to the launch of a new system.

There are currently around 10,500 people on the list but it’s anticipated the number will drop to 3,315 in December as the council clear out-of-district and low-priority applications which have lapsed over time.

A report, which will be discussed by councillors next week, said applicants are required to renew their requests for housing on a quarterly basis.

“Whilst numbers on the council’s housing waiting list have continued to rise over the last few years, we have had a decreasing number of homes becoming available to re-let year on year,” it added.

“The policy changes will ensure that the council can improve how it allocates council stock within the borough to better meet housing need, meet the expectations of applicants and make the best use of administrative resources.”