Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total stock of affordable housing was in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1980; what each figure represents (i) per 1,000 population and (ii) per 1,000 households; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

The numbers of social rent homes managed by local authorities and registered social landlords are tabulated as follows by urban and rural local authorities:

Social rented housing stock (local authority and registered social landlord stock) by urban and rural local authorities( 1,2)
1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006( 3)
Total number of social rented units
Rural 1,435,348 1,294,545 1,180,653 1,167,726 1,117,245 1,072,219
Urban 3,704,290 3,609,175 3,333,743 3,284,502 3,119,067 2,907,217
Total 5,139,638 4,903,720 4,514,396 4,452,228 4,236,312 3,979,436
Number of social rented units per 1,000 households( 4)
Rural 243 205 174 164 150 137
Urban 324 306 270 261 239 214
Total 296 271 236 226 207 186
Number of social rented units per 1,000 population( 4)
Rural 89 78 69 67 63 58
Urban 121 118 108 106 99 91
Total 110 104 94 92 86 79
(1) Based on the DEFRA Rural Definition (2004)

(2) Local authority stock is taken from the HSSA 1981 to 1996—RSL stock is taken from the HSSA. 2001 and 2006—RSL stock is taken from the RSR.

(3) 2006 RSL stock includes self contained units and bed spaces.

(4) Communities and Local Government (formerly ODPM) 2003 based Household/Population Projections and Estimates.

Source:

Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) and the Regulatory Statistical Return(RSR)

Homes for social rent make up only part of the housing stock classified as affordable; the remainder is provided through low-cost home ownership or other sub-market rental products. Between 1 April 1991 and 31 March 2006 43,500 affordable homes were provided in rural areas and 123,000 in urban areas in addition to the social rent dwellings presented in the aforementioned table.

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