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Social Rented Housing

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing tenants (a) in each English region and (b) in each London local authority moved via Homeswap in each of the last five years. (128457)

Homeswap was the name given to a scheme for social housing tenants who transfer from one local authority or housing association property to another, across local authority boundaries, by advertising their existing property for an exchange with a similar tenant wishing to move in the opposite direction. We do not collect data on Homeswap specifically, but do routinely collect data on mutual exchanges which include those formally arranged through the Homeswap scheme as well as any other exchanges within the local authority. Information is available on number of dwellings rather than social housing tenants. Dwellings let through mutual exchanges within the local authority are shown for the last five years in (a) each English region and (b) each London local authority in the table.

(a) Dwellings let through mutual exchange, as at 1 April by region, as reported by local authorities

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

North East

1,638

1,525

1,343

1,396

1,272

North West

1,627

1,135

1,082

1,101

972

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,546

1,406

1,570

1,860

1,495

East Midlands

2,478

1,668

1,468

1,556

1,463

West Midlands

2,479

2,305

1,869

1,578

1,548

East of England

3,195

2,707

2,444

2,248

2,207

London

2,811

3,202

2,522

2,299

2,243

South East

2,768

2,393

2,241

2,211

2,160

South West

1,546

1,433

1,486

1,533

1,540

England

20,088

17,774

16,025

15,782

14,900

Source: Communities and Local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return (HSSA).

(b) Dwellings let through mutual exchange, as at 1 April by London local authority, as reported by local authorities

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Barking and Dagenham

86

203

127

127

137

Barnet

115

99

73

88

80

Bexley

0

0

0

0

0

Brent

21

16

23

16

29

Bromley

0

0

0

0

0

Camden

108

110

88

94

57

City of London

4

6

4

5

6

Croydon

154

154

148

159

145

Ealing

102

105

61

15

46

Enfield

68

103

90

150

138

Greenwich

131

183

211

106

165

Hackney

41

59

63

41

67

Hammersmith and Fulham

98

107

71

74

55

Haringey

79

72

59

66

54

Harrow

29

35

18

21

29

Havering

72

63

46

56

64

Hillingdon

162

145

141

101

69

Hounslow

173

175

124

133

114

Islington

193

139

163

101

167

Kensington and Chelsea

31

30

36

15

.36

Kingston upon Thames

41

45

40

46

34

Lambeth

96

101

66

36

15

Lewisham

250

291

160

148

93

Merton

62

59

45

51

48

Newham

107

115

99

88

85

Redbridge

22

16

21

30

31

Richmond upon Thames

0

0

0

0

0

Southwark

144

180

160

128

133

Sutton

79

85

98

98

74

Tower Hamlets

111

141

62

84

26

Waltham Forest

96

173

108

101

118

Wandsworth

85

112

66

92

89

Westminster

51

80

51

29

39

Source: Communities and Local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return (HSSA).