Rents

Communities and Local Government written question – answered at on 8 December 2008.

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Photo of Julia Goldsworthy Julia Goldsworthy Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean and (b) median monthly expenditure on private rent after deduction of housing benefit was of (i) all private rented households and (ii) private rented households at each level of disposable income (A) in England and (B) in each region in England.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The mean and median monthly expenditure on private rents (after deduction of housing benefit) by private renting households is set out in Table 1 for each Government office region and for England. The figures represent an average over the three-year period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and are derived from the Survey of English Housing. Figures based on a period of less than three years would not be sufficiently reliable.

Table 1: Private rents after deduction of housing benefit by region, 2004-05 to 2006-07
£ per month
Government office region Mean Median
North East 217 216
North West 250 228
Yorkshire and The Humber 237 233
East Midlands 287 297
West Midlands 277 275
Eastern 390 399
London 603 546
South East 409 394
South West 335 309
England 386 325

Table 2 shows the mean and median monthly rents (after deduction of housing benefit) disaggregated by the gross weekly income accruing to the main householder and partner (if any): below £200 per week; £200 to below £500 per week; and £500 per week or more. The figures represent an average over the three-year period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and are derived from the Survey of English Housing. Figures based on a period of less than three years would not be sufficiently reliable.

Table 2: Private rents after deduction of housing benefit by income group and by region, 2004-05 to 2006-07
Gross weekly income Gross weekly income
< £ 200 £ 200- £ 499 £ 500+ < £ 200 £ 200- £ 499 £ 500+
Government office region Mean monthly rent (after housing benefit ) M edian monthly rent (after housing benefit )
North East 110 235 360 38 233 364
North West 131 280 408 69 286 410
Yorkshire and The Humber 124 213 411 65 235 415
East Midlands 144 297 410 97 348 442
West Midlands 149 299 443 98 327 433
Eastern 156 355 547 56 379 550
London 221 444 861 49 387 805
South East 186 349 559 65 344 550
South West 151 296 480 50 299 498
England 159 323 596 61 312 550

The rental figures that were included in the derivation of the figures in Tables 1 and 2 included a number of "zero" rents. These cases arose because the rent for the accommodation was fully covered by the amount of housing benefit received—so the rental expenditure net of housing benefit was zero.

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