The Department’s household projections for England are used to estimate future housing requirements. In the most recent 2003 based household projections it was estimated that there would be an average 209,000 additional households per annum between 2003 and 2026.
Of the 209,000 additional households per annum:
(a) It is not possible to estimate the proportion of household growth due to larger families. However, it was estimated that 150,000 of the additional households per annum will be single person households, accounting for 72 per cent. of the growth;
(b) Older households i.e. those with household representatives aged 65 or older was estimated to account for around 105,000 (50 per cent.) of the growth;
(c) Net migration into England was estimated to account for around 65,000 (31 per cent.) of the growth.
We reviewed our shared ownership and key worker schemes last year as part of a wider consultation—‘HomeBuy - Expanding the Opportunity to Own’—on proposals to provide simpler, fairer home ownership opportunities for more people. Our new ‘HomeBuy’ scheme was launched in April this year. Further work is underway as a result of the shared equity task force to help more people into shared ownership and ensure resources are targeted most effectively.
Average household incomes by local authority are not available. As an alternative, average employee earnings by local authority are available from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, an Office for National Statistics survey.
The tables that can be accessed via the following links include average gross weekly pay for full time employees in 2004, 2005 and 2006 disaggregated by place of employee residence. The links for each of the three years are:
Reliable data for average private sector rents for self-contained accommodation are not available at local authority level. Consequently, ratios of income to private rent cannot be provided either.
No such assessment has been made. In 2004, the Housing Corporation issued a determination under schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1996 permitting payments to registered social landlord (RSL) board members of less than £20,000. The annual regulatory and statistical return collected by the Housing Corporation includes a question on whether RSLs make any payments to board members. It does not collect information about the amounts paid. The number of RSLs that made payments to their board members in each year are as follows:
Number of RSLs making payments to board members 2004 94 2005 172 2006 131
Number of RSLs making payments to board members
These data are only available for RSLs that complete a long RSR form. RSLs with fewer than 250 units are not required to complete a long RSR.
The Government do not set targets for registered social landlords (RSLs), which are independent organisations, registered with and regulated by the Housing Corporation. All RSLs must comply with the Housing Corporation's regulatory code and statutory guidance which set out its requirements in the areas of governance, management and financial viability. For all associations with more than 250 units the Corporation produces an annual assessment which rates performance in these areas, plus where relevant in the area of development.
The estimated number of additional households in England and each region between 2003 and 2026 were published in the statistical release of 14 March 2006:
An estimate of the projected household growth attributable to migration is only available for England as a whole. This shows 65,000 (31 per cent.) out of the 209,000 additional households per annum are attributable to migration.
[holding answer 13 December 2006]: There is no monthly information on vacancies available centrally.
The following numbers of vacant dwellings were reported by districts in Somerset and for the whole of England in the last five years:
Snapshot date Somerset England 2001 1 April n/a 753,100 2002 1 November 5,946 758,100 2003 3 November 6,136 743,800 2004 1 November 6,268 714,000 2005 10 October 6,915 723,200 n/a = Figure not available Source: Council Tax Base (CTB1) returns for 2002-2005 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix for 2001.
n/a = Figure not available
Council Tax Base (CTB1) returns for 2002-2005 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix for 2001.
Somerset is defined as the districts of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton and West Somerset.
These figures include empty homes for sale and houses which have been unoccupied for a very short period.
The Department for Communities and Local Government’s 2003 based household projections for England, estimate that out of 209,000 additional households per year between 2003 and 2026, about 65,000 per year (31 per cent.) is attributable to net migration into England.