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Housing: Population

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on UK housing stock of (a) migration from the EU and (b) non-EU immigration.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Department does not estimate housing need. However, the Department publishes household projections, which are a trend-based view of the number of households that would form given a projected population and previous demographic trends (including migration). Local authorities should use the projections as a part of the evidence base for assessing future housing demand.

The number of households in England is projected to grow to 27.5 million in 2033, an increase of 5.8 million (27%) over 2008, or 232,000 households per year. International migration, based on past trends, contributes around 40% towards this projected increase in households. It is not possible to break this down into EU and non-EU migration.

Government have committed to reduce net migration from the current hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands per year. We have already introduced a series of measures in relation to migrant workers and students, including a limit on the number of skilled workers, and will introduce measures on settlement and family later this year.

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