To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were living in the private rented sector (a) in absolute terms and (b) as a proportion of the population in (i) England, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) Birmingham Northfield constituency in each of the last 10 years.
The Department's English Housing Survey estimates that, in 2015-16, 20 per cent of households in England live in the private rented sector. This equates to about 4.5 million households. Estimates are not available for constituency and the Department does not publish regional estimates.
A table with data for the last 10 years can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595786/2015-16_Section_1_Households_Annex_Tables.xlsx. See AT1.1.