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Housing Statistics

Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish an estimate of the number of homes in England owned by single persons living alone and aged (a) above the retirement age and (b) above 75 years ; and how many of these homes are classified as being (i) in good structural condition and (ii) unfit.

From the national dwelling and housing survey in England at the end of 1977, it is estimated that the number of owner-occupied households in which single persons above the retirement age were living alone was 950,000. In 380,000 of these households the person was aged 75 or over. Information on the condition of the structure of the dwellings in which these people lived is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish an estimate of the number of homes in England owned by couples living by themselves where the husband is aged (a) 65 years and over and (b) 75 years and over ; and whether these homes are in good structural condition or unfit.

From the national dwelling and housing survey in England at the end of 1977, it is estimated that the number of owner-occupied households in which couples were living by themselves, and the husband was aged 65 years and over was 880,000. In 210,000 of these households the husband was aged 75 years or over. Information on the condition of the structure of the dwellings in which these people lived is not available.