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Overcrowding: Eastbourne

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) households and (b) children are living in overcrowded housing in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex. (125486)

There are two measures of overcrowding—the statutory definition and the bedroom standard.

Using the bedroom standard, the only recent estimate of the number of overcrowded households in East Sussex is 4,000. This is from an ad hoc report based on combined data from both the Survey of English Housing and the Department for Work and Pensions’ Family Resources Survey for the three years 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Reliable estimates for the number of children living in overcrowded accommodation in East Sussex are not available. Separate data for Eastbourne are also not available.

Estimates based on the statutory standard are not available because the underlying data are not collected systematically. A one-off estimate was made in 2004 that approximately 20,000 households across the whole of England were in conditions of overcrowding that breached the statutory standard. This estimate was based on data from the Survey of English Housing for the period 2000-01 to 2002-03 and from the 2001 English House Condition Survey. Equivalent estimates for East Sussex and Eastbourne are not available.