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Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of houses that were unoccupied in each of the regions in England in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2014.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The table below shows the number of long-term empty homes, i.e. those dwellings which have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for over six months, by region. Data for the year 2000 are not readily available and so we have provided the earliest available year, 2004.

Region

2004

2010

2014

East Midlands

26,219

26,427

19,490

East of England

25,020

25,597

17,202

London

42,600

34,422

20,795

North East

21,599

20,337

16,052

North West

68,594

66,410

40,461

South East

35,459

33,998

23,956

South West

22,434

24,226

18,550

West Midlands

40,167

30,395

22,257

Yorkshire and The Humber

36,550

38,187

27,058

England Total

318,642

299,999

205,821

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