Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th December 2010.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median income was of a household in (a) the social rented sector, (b) the private rented sector and (c) owner-occupied accommodation in (i) South Lanarkshire and (ii) Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency (A) before and (B) after housing costs in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We use households below average income data to provide estimates of median incomes. However, the sample size of this survey is not sufficient to provide estimates for low-level geographies such as those requested.

The following table shows the median equivalised disposable household income by tenure for Scotland, before and after housing costs.

Table 1: Median equivalised disposable household income, for households, by tenure for Scotland, three year average 2006-07 to 2008-09, before and after housing costs
Median equivalised disposable household income for households
Tenure Type BHC AHC
Owners 456 419
Social renters 287 233
Private renters 344 271

1. These statistics are based on households below average income (HBAI) data sourced from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). This uses disposable household income, adjusted using modified OECD equivalisation factors for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.

2. All estimates are based on survey data and are therefore subject to uncertainty. Small differences should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response.

3. The reference period for HBAI figures is single financial years. For countries and regions within the UK, three survey years have been combined as single year estimates are subject to volatility.

4. Incomes are presented in 2008-09 prices and have been rounded to the nearest pound sterling.

5. Families are defined as a single adult or couple living as married and any dependent children, including same sex couples (civil partnerships and cohabitees) from January 2006. A household is made up of one or more families and is defined as a single person or group of people living at the same address as their only or main residence, who either share one meal a day together or share the living accommodation (i.e. a living room). In line with the wording of the question, analysis has been carried out at the household level.


Households Below Average Income (HBAI) 2006-07 to 2008-09.

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