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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:44 UK time, Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Further to our previous blog and debate Homes shortage? about the availability of affordable housing in the region, there is a report out today saying rural homelessness is twice the urban rate, according to BBC Wales News.

The situation regarding affordable housing generally makes for grim reading in Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire - and it's going to have an effect on us all if you think about.

Let me set the scene...

Latest stats on the website shows more than 4,000 people are on housing list in Wrexham. Another 4,000 people are on the housing list in Flintshire, according to BBC Local News.

And last week Flintshire Council vowed to retain its housing stock and open negotiations with the Welsh Assembly, saying more cash was needed to tackle the £100m+ repairs bill rather than sell off or transfer its housing stock.

In Denbighshire, the county council took action some time ago appointing an affordable housing officer and introducing a policy to help residents in its rural communities. The website praises the scheme.

In the UK the homeowners among us rub our hands when house prices go up - and up - thinking we're in the money and regardless of the mortgage millstone we seem to relish around our necks.

But if the rising costs keep people from getting on the housing ladder won't that have an effect on the people further up the chain?

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