More than 7,500 local authority properties across the capital are lying empty as thousands of Londoners struggle to find a home, figures showed today.

The number of vacant buildings has increased in a third of London boroughs and now amounts to a  staggering £4 billion worth of empty council homes.

Ten town halls have overseen increases in homes lying idle — even though the overall proportion of empty homes has fallen by 20 per cent in the past decade.

The figures also show that almost 21,000 homes, including those privately owned, have sat empty for over six months. Critics claimed this was a “shocking waste”, as the new team at City Hall expressed concern.

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