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Social Rented Housing: Foreigners

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 20 foreign nationalities obtained the most social housing tenancies in each year since information on nationality in regard to tenancies began to be collected; and how many foreign nationals obtained such tenancies in each of those years.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 16 May 2008, Hansard, column 1800W.

A question on nationality was first introduced to the Continuous Recording of Lettings form (CORE) for the 2006-07 data collection period. From this information it is possible to identify separately new tenants who are UK nationals and nationals of each of the A8 Eastern European accession states. It is not possible to separately identify the nationality of tenants recorded as from "other European Economic Area countries" or from "any other countries".

Due to gaps in local authority data, the Department will not be making overall estimates for the number of new social housing lettings made to each of the recorded nationalities.

However, information provided by Registered Social Landlords during 2006-07 on tenant's nationality can be found on the CORE website at: in table 6 of the 'CORE Annual Digest for Housing Associations 2006-07'.

Similar information for those local authorities who did provide returns during 2006-07 is also available in table 6 of the 'CORE Annual Digest for Local Authorities 2006-07'. It should however be noted that not all local authorities provided information during 2006-07 and for those that did, not all provided complete information. As a result the local authority information is not complete across England and should not be used to provide a national estimate.

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Jane Birkby
Posted on 22 May 2008 4:54 pm (Report this annotation)

I am staggered that figures for non-EU nationals do not exist, considering the intrusive nature of Local Authority and Social housing applications.
It also seems to be most beneficient to Caroline Flint when asked to supply the figures, as it lets the government of the hook.
Was this deliberate?

John Buckeridge
Posted on 1 Jun 2008 1:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Unfortunately Jane Birkby there is a reason why such figures are not available. For many years now this country has relied on cheap foreign labour; the figures for such persons would, if ever revealed, cause an enormous scandal. In contrast with most European countries who can tell you the exact population at any given time, the UK doesn't keep tabs on the migrant population.