Unemployed: Greater London

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

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households there are in (a) England, (b) Greater London, (c) the London borough of Havering and (d) Romford in which none of the residents are in employment; and how many such households are in publicly-provided housing.

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

Based on the results of the 2006 labour force survey, it is estimated that the number of households in which none of the residents were in employment was (a) 6,876,000 in England, and (b) 881,000 in London. Of these, the numbers in social rented accommodation were (a) 2,240,000 in England, and (b) 388,000 in London.

Reliable estimates for the London borough of Havering and for Romford are not available from the labour force survey. However, from the 2001 census it is estimated that the number of households in the London borough of Havering where the main householder was economically inactive was 23,000. The basis for this estimate differs from the LFS estimates above. The census estimate (a) excludes households where the main householder was aged 75 or over and (b) is a count of those households where the main householder was economically inactive—which is not the same as the LFS estimates of the number of households where none of the residents were economically inactive.

A reliable estimate of how many of the 23,000 households with an economically inactive householder were living in social housing is not available for Havering.

Reliable estimates for Romford are not available.

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