Applying for Council Housing
The majority of people who apply for council (social) housing will not be successful. The demand for council housing far outweighs supply in Southend and across England as a whole.
The number of applicants looking for social housing is constantly increasing, but the number of available properties is going down every year. As a result even those in the greatest need may wait several years to be offered accommodation.
In almost all cases you will find alternative accommodation much quicker by renting from a private landlord. If you are on a low income you may be able to get help with rent payments by claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.