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Housing: Immigrants

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many A8 accession state nationals have (a) obtained a social housing tenancy from a local authority, (b) obtained a social housing tenancy from a registered social landlord and (c) have purchased social housing from either a local authority or a registered social landlord in each year since 2004; (155994)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2007, Official Report, column 2129W, on Housing: Low Incomes, if she will give a break down by region of the number of social lettings let to foreign nationals in 2005-06;

(3) what estimate she has made of the number of foreign nationals obtaining general needs lettings in 2005-06, broken down by nationality; and what recent estimate she has made of the total number of foreign nationals who are tenants of social housing.

Information on the number of foreign national households allocated social housing is collected in the Continuous Recording of Lettings form (CORE). These data are collected on behalf of Communities and Local Government and the Housing Corporation by the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St. Andrews. These data provide information on the “flow” of new tenants entering social housing each year, as well as the movement of existing social housing tenants transferring from other social housing properties. A question on nationality was first introduced for the 2006-07 data collection period.

It is not possible to breakdown the estimate provided in the answer of 12 September 2007, Official Report, column 2129W, on Housing: Low Incomes further. However, the final year data are scheduled to be published on the CORE website by St. Andrews university by mid November 2007. The link for the CORE website is:

http://www.core.uk

The number of households headed by an A8 accession state national that have obtained a social housing tenancy from a registered social landlord in 2006-07 is 1,268 (based on provisional data). This is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 606. The link for this table is:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/152609

Historically CORE has only collected information from registered social landlords but an increasing number of local authorities are now providing information as well. The number of households headed by an A8 accession state national that have obtained a social housing tenancy from local authorities completing CORE during the 2006-07 period, will be published on the CORE website by mid November 2007.

Currently, information on the number of A8 accession state nationals that have purchased a social housing property from either a local authority or a registered social landlord is unavailable. A question on nationality was only added to the Continuous Recording of Sales form for the 2007-08 collection period. These data will be available for the full year in the 2008 autumn period.

A breakdown of the number of social lettings allocated to households headed by foreign nationals by region and by nationality will be available when the full year data are published on the CORE website in November 2007.

Using the Survey of English Housing (SEH) data, the most recent estimate of the total number of foreign national headed households is 309,000, equivalent to about 8 per cent. of the total social housing stock. This survey information provides details on the “stock” of social housing, as opposed to the “flows” and “movement within” social housing recorded by CORE. The Survey of English Housing (SEH) introduced a question on nationality for the first time in 2005-06. This information is available on the Communities and Local Government website, in Housing in England 2005-06—Table 1.31. The link for this table is:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/pdf/HousingEngland0506