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Housing: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) local authority, (b) private rented, (c) owner-occupier and (d) housing association homes did not reach the decent homes standard in each region in England in each year since 2001. (201652)

[holding answer 25 April 2008]: Nationally, the English House Condition Survey (EHCS) is used to monitor house conditions and has been carried out and reported every five years until 2001 and annually from 2003. The survey provides the following national estimates of non-decency for all sectors from 2001 to the latest date available, 2006:

Table 1: Number of non-decent homes by sector, 2001-06

Number (Thousand)

2001

2003

2004

2005

2006

Local authorities

1,174

975

816

729

695

Private rented

1,101

1,056

994

1,003

1,055

Owner-occupied

4,316

4,219

4,066

3,822

3,704

Registered social landlords

472

467

437

433

436

Notes: 1. Base = all dwellings. 2. RSL figures are affected by transfers from local authority stock over the period. Figures are based on the old Fitness definition of the Decent Homes Standard. Source: English House Condition Survey.

The EHCS cannot provide robust regional figures for each tenure on an annual basis. However, the following regional aggregates for local authorities (LAs) and registered social landlords (RSLs) have been reported by local authorities in their Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA) returns and by housing associations in the Housing Corporation's Regulatory Statistical Return (RSR):

Table 2: Number of local authority non-decent homes 2002-071

Region

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

North East

117,000

112,000

100,000

94,000

91,000

76,000

Yorkshire and Humber

145,000

190,000

188,000

142,000

113,000

96,000

East Midland

80,000

83,000

67,000

60,000

54,000

46,000

East of England

77,000

71,000

64,000

56,000

40,000

39,000

London

280,000

264,000

241,000

215,000

174,000

152,000

South East

84,000

75,000

81,000

68,000

59,000

49,000

South West

54,000

52,000

49,000

40,000

35,000

27,000

West Midland

169,000

134,000

111,000

108,000

91,000

70,000

North West

174,000

146,000

118,000

103,000

78,000

63,000

1 Rounded to nearest thousand. Notes: 1. The BPSA started collecting data on non-decency for the period 2001-02. 2. Non-decent stock reported by local authorities is a snapshot figure as at 1 April each year. 3. The data are based on actual reporting and there is no imputation to account for missing values. Source: Business Plan Statistical Appendix.

Table 3: Number of RSL non-decent homes 2005-07

Region

2005

2006

2007

North East

23,031

16,693

14,600

Yorkshire and Humber

52,460

38,224

37,255

East Midland

11,875

10,477

10,152

East of England

25,452

24,490

22,482

London

48,521

48,564

36,736

South East

37,924

30,478

24,538

South West

27,793

25,011

22,905

West Midland

45,347

35,447

22,056

North West

70,056

67,371

63,499

Note: 2005 was the first year in which data were collected by local authority enabling regional breakdowns. Source: Housing Corporation's Regulatory Statistical Return.