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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals obtained a tenancy of social housing without holding an existing social housing tenancy in each year since 1997. (155989)

Local authorities in England report the number of lettings in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. Registered social landlords record the number of lettings on their CORE lettings logs. These two data sources together give the total number of new social lettings in England to tenants entering the social rented housing sector in each year since 1997, as at 1 April each year.

The total number of new social lettings to new social housing tenants in England from the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns and CORE lettings logs in each year since 1997 are provided in table 1 and table 2. Due to different data collection processes, these data sources are not necessarily directly comparable.

Table 1: Local authority social lettings to new social housing tenants in England

Local authority lets

1997

259,690

1998

258,510

1999

250,210

2000

235,570

2001

222,330

2002

196,540

2003

191,050

2004

161,940

2005

149,090

2006

133,300

Note:

As reported by local authorities. Rounded to nearest 10.

Source:

Communities and local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix Return

Table 2: Registered Social Landlord lettings to new social housing tenants in England

RSL lets

1997

118,200

1998

129,100

1999

138,100

2000

139,200

2001

139,700

2002

145,600

2003

145,900

2004

147,300

2005

141,400

2006

143,200

Note:

As reported by Registered Social Landlords. Rounded to nearest 100

Source:

Continuous Recording of Social Lettings Log