Housing: Standards

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

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vulnerable households were living in non-decent homes in (a) 1996, (b) 2001, (c) 2004 and (d) the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by tenure.

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

The following table, from the English house condition survey, provides a breakdown of "vulnerable" households by decent and non-decent homes and by tenure. "Vulnerable" households are defined as those in receipt of principal means tested and disability related benefits, as listed in "A Decent Home: Definition and guidance for implementation—June 2006 update".

Vulnerable households in non-decent homes by tenure, 1996 to 2005
Number (Thousand)
Owner occupied Private rented All private All social
1996
Decent 880 196 1,076 1,487
Non-decent 929 504 1,433 1,648
2001
Decent 1,285 256 1,542 1,815
Non-decent 784 366 1,151 1,098
2003
Decent 1,506 277 1,783 1,874
Non-decent 722 335 1,056 978
2004
Decent 1,617 347 1,963 1,966
Non-decent 691 342 1,033 852
2005
Decent 1,697 387 2,084 2,037
Non-decent 709 362 1,071 786
Percentage
Owner occupied Private rented All private All social
1996
Decent 48.6 28.0 42.9 47.4
Non-decent 51.4 72.0 57.1 52.6
2001
Decent 62.1 41.2 57.3 62.3
Non-decent 37.9 58.8 42.7 37.7
2003
Decent 67.6 45.3 62.8 65.7
Non-decent 32.4 54.7 37.2 34.3
2004
Decent 70.1 50.3 65.5 69.8
Non-decent 29.9 49.7 34.5 30.2
2005
Decent 70.5 51.7 66.1 72.2
Non-decent 29.5 48.3 33.9 27.8
Note: The net increase in private sector vulnerable households living in non-decent homes means that, while the proportion has continued to show good progress, the number (and therefore overall costs to tackle the problems) have made only modest improvement since 2001. Source: English House Condition Survey, Communities and Local Government.

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