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Rents: Swindon

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what average rent was paid in Swindon by (a) council tenants, (b) tenants with a registered social landlord and (c) tenants paying market rates in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement; (127658)

(2) what average rent was paid for (a) council housing and (b) registered social landlord housing in each local authority in England in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

The average rent paid for local authority housing was £57.90, and for registered social landlord housing it was £64.32. Figures are as at the end of April 2006 and for local authorities are based on unaudited information. Figures for the RSL sector are based on data collected by the Housing Corporation.

The average rent paid by tenants in Swindon as at end April 2006 was £54.57 for local authority rents, and £67.54 for RSL rents.

As part of the next restructuring programme, local authority and housing association rents for similar properties are converging. Information on average rent paid by private renters in Swindon is not available. This information is available by region as tabled.

Table 734: Rents, lettings and tenancies: mean rent1 of “free market”2 private tenancies: by region

£ a month

1994-95 and 1995-96 combined

1995-96 and 1996-97 combined

1996-97 and 1997-98 combined

1997-98 and 1998-99 combined

1998-99 and 1999-2000 combined

1999-2000 and 2000-01 combined

North East

267

283

263

256

240

257

North West

282

307

277

287

329

330

Yorkshire and the Humber

259

266

267

268

283

284

The North

272

289

271

276

297

300

East Midlands

251

256

266

303

304

279

West Midlands

274

300

303

280

279

316

The Midlands

262

278

285

290

291

296

East

324

339

353

356

359

387

London

502

549

577

613

642

655

South East

386

390

421

437

441

470

South West

283

306

318

339

355

364

The South

400

426

445

465

483

511

England

350

373

380

390

403

421

£ a month

2000-01 and 2001-02 combined

2001-02 and 2002-03 combined

2002-03 and 2003-04 combined

2003-04 and 2004-05 combined

2004-05 and 2005-06 combined

North East

301

311

314

327

323

North West

334

343

350

359

371

Yorkshire and the Humber

294

324

350

374

359

The North

314

331

344

359

357

East Midlands

323

357

364

371

385

West Midlands

342

357

370

370

383

The Midlands

332

356

366

371

384

East

407

417

444

492

530

London

713

817

827

775

798

South East

517

584

586

565

588

South West

396

413

419

446

469

The South

553

613

628

614

639

England

460

502

518

517

534

1 Before deduction of housing benefit where applicable.

2 Assured and assured shorthold tenancies accessible to the public without special conditions.

Note:

Sampling variability is too great for the figures to give a reliable indication of change between years at regional level.

Source:

DCLG Survey of English Housing

Latest update 4 October 2006

Next update November 2007