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Social Rented Housing: Foreigners

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many new (a) local authority social lettings and (b) registered social landlord lettings were made to foreign nationals from (i) EU member states and (ii) non-EU states in each year since 1997; (164359)

(2) how many foreign nationals obtained a tenancy of social housing without holding an existing social housing tenancy in each year since 1997.

I would like to apologise for the delay in answering these questions.

Information on the number of foreign national households allocated social housing is collected in the Continuous Recording of Letting form (CORE). A question on nationality was first introduced to the form for the 2006-07 data collection period. CORE is collected on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government by St. Andrew’s University. Historically CORE has only collected information from registered social landlords. An increasing number of local authorities are now providing information through this process as well, but there are still some gaps in the data.

In 2006-07 for registered social landlords, there were 1,769 new general needs lettings made to foreign nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries and 2,259 from non-EEA countries.

Adjusting for missing data from local authorities, we estimate there were around 7,000 general needs local authority lets to foreign nationals. It is not possible to estimate the split between EEA and non-EEA foreign nationals.

Overall, we estimate that around 6 per cent. (equivalent to around 11,000) new general needs lettings were made to foreign nationals in 2006-07. This estimate adjusts for missing local authority data, and includes lets made to nationals from EEA countries.

These estimates are the first to be made on the basis of a full year's information and are therefore the most robust information available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many social lettings were allocated to (a) foreign nationals and (b) A8 nationals in each region in each year since 2004; [200999]

(2) how many (a) registered social landlord and (b) local authority social lettings were taken up by (i) non-British citizens and (ii) A8 nationals in each quarter since 1 April 2006; and what these figures were as a proportion of total lettings in each case.