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 how many homes were purchased under the right to buy scheme in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year from 1980 until 1997; 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 council properties sold through the right to buy scheme in England are tabulated as follows by urban and rural local authority areas. These figures have also been expressed per 1,000 population and 1,000 households.

Right to buy sales by urban and rural local authority areas( 1) , England
1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87
Right to buy sales
Urban 1,442 64,049 114,272 70,608 49,710 46,792 48,696
Rural 886 41,150 52,851 35,654 27,812 25,350 28,052
Total 2,328 105,199 167,123 106,262 77,522 72,142 76,748
Right to buy sales per 1,000 population( 2)
Urban 0.047 2.096 3.741 2.312 1.626 1.531 1.594
Rural 0.055 2.538 3.250 2.178 1.687 1.526 1.675
Total 0.050 2.249 3.570 2.265 1.647 1.529 1.623
Right to buy sales per 1,000 households( 2)
Urban 0.13 5.58 9.90 6.08 4.25 3.97 4.10
Rural 0.15 6.88 8.74 5.80 4.46 3.99 4.35
Total 0.13 6.03 9.50 5.98 4.32 3.98 4.19
1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93
Right to buy sales
Urban 60,929 91,287 101,483 60,341 36,033 26,225
Rural 32,800 44,414 32,321 15,991 12,257 11,461
Total 93,729 135,701 133,804 76,332 48,290 37,686
Right to buy sales per 1,000 population( 2)
Urban 1.996 2.983 3.307 1.960 1.170 0.850
Rural 1.943 2.621 1.900 0.936 0.714 0.666
Total 1.977 2.854 2.805 1.594 1.007 0.784
Right to buy sales per 1,000 households( 2)
5.08 7.53 8.29 4.88 2.90 2.10
4.99 6.67 4.80 2.35 1.78 1.66
5.05 7.23 7.05 3.98 2.50 1.94
1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000
Right to buy sales
Urban 28,607 27,658 21,055 21,974 28,506 28,854 38,998
Rural 16,071 15,678 10,457 11,232 12,823 11,418 15,253
Total 44,678 43,336 31,512 33,206 41,329 40,272 54,251
Right to buy sales per 1,000 population( 2)
Urban 0.927 0.895 0.681 0.710 0.920 0.929 1.253
Rural 0.928 0.901 0.598 0.639 0.726 0.643 0.854
Total 0.928 0.897 0.651 0.684 0.849 0.825 1.107
Right to buy sales per 1,000 households( 2)
Urban 2.29 2.20 1.67 1.74 2.25 2.26 3.04
Rural 2.30 2.22 1.47 1.56 1.77 1.56 2.06
Total 2.29 2.21 1.60 1.68 2.07 2.01 2.68
2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Right to buy sales
Urban 39,545 39,516 48,801 55,632 40,994 21,463
Rural 12,835 12,452 14,593 13,945 8,989 5,191
Total 52,380 51,968 63,394 69,577 49,983 26,654
Right to buy sales per 1,000 population( 2)
Urban 1.256 1.251 1.542 1.752 1.288 0.672
Rural 0.715 0.689 0.802 0.761 0.488 0.280
Total 1.059 1.047 1.272 1.389 0.994 0.528
Right to buy sales per 1,000 households( 2)
Urban 3.03 3.00 3.68 4.17 3.04 1.58
Rural 1.72 1.65 1.91 1.81 1.15 0.66
Total 2.55 2.51 3.03 3.30 2.35 1.24
(1) Based on the Defra Rural Definition (2004). (2) Communities and Local Government 2003 based household and population estimates. Source: Statistical returns from local authorities.

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