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Housing: Overcrowding

Volume 485: debated on Monday 8 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of households of each (a) type of tenure, (b) size, (c) income level and (d) ethnicity in each region in England are estimated to be overcrowded. (240882)

The following estimates of the number of overcrowded households are based on the Bedroom Standard definition of overcrowding and are derived from the Survey of English Housing.

(a) Estimates of the number and percentage of overcrowded households by tenure for each region in England are given in Table 1.

Table 1: Overcrowded1 households by region and tenure, England, 2004-05 to 2006-072

Tenure (thousand households)

Percentage

Government office region

Owner occupiers

Social renters

Private renters

All tenures

Owner occupiers

Social renters

Private renters

All tenures

North East

7

9

3

19

0.9

3.4

3.0

1.7

North West

33

19

12

64

1.6

3.6

4.5

2.3

Yorkshire and the Humber

19

11

7

37

1.3

2.8

3.1

1.8

North

59

40

22

120

1.4

3.3

3.7

2.0

East Midlands

11

13

6

29

0.8

4.1

3.4

1.6

West Midlands

29

21

10

61

1.9

4.5

4.9

2.8

Midlands

40

34

16

SO

1.4

4.4

4.2

2.3

East

19

15

8

42

1.1

4.1

3.3

1.8

London

47

98

59

203

2.7

12.2

10.5

6.6

South East

23

31

12

66

0.9

6.6

2.8

2.0

Southwest

12

12

9

33

0.8

4.2

3.0

1.5

South

100

156

88

344

1.4

8.1

5.8

3.2

England

200

229

125

554

1.4

5.9

5.1

2.7

1 Overcrowded i.e. one or more bedrooms below the “bedroom standard”. 2 Sample sizes are too small to give robust annual figures. A three-year average is therefore provided. Source: Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing.

(b) Estimates of the number and percentage of overcrowded households by household size for each region in England are given in Table 2.

Overcrowded1 households by region and by household size, England, 2004-05 to 2006-072

Number of persons in household (thousand overcrowded households)

Number of persons in household (percentage)

Government office region

1 or 2

3 or 4

5 or more

All households

1 or 2

3 or 4

5 or more

All households

North East

2

5

12

19

0.2

1.4

22.5

1.7

North West

2

24

38

64

0.1

2.8

20.4

2.3

Yorkshire and the Humber

1

11

25

37

0.1

1:8

18.5

1.8

North

6

39

75

120

0.1

2.2

20.0

2.0

East Midlands

3

8

19

29

0.2

1.5

17.2

1.6

West Midlands

2

16

43

61

0.2

2.5

24.7

2.8

Midlands

5

23

62

90

0.2

2.1

21.8

2.3

East

3

17

22

42

0.2

2.5

15.2

London

30

92

82

203

1.6

10.1

32.0

6.6

South East

5

30

31

66

0.2

3.1

14.3

2.0

South West

3

15

15

33

0.2

2.6

12.6

1.5

South

41

153

149

344

0.6

4.9

20.3

3.2

England

52

216

286

554

0.4

3.6

20.5

2.7

1 Overcrowded i.e. one or more bedrooms below the “bedroom standard”. 2 Sample sizes are too small to give robust annual figures. A three-year average is therefore provided. Source: Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing.

(c) Estimates of the number and percentage of overcrowded households by income level for each region in England are given in Table 3.

Table 3: Overcrowded1 households by region and income level2, England, 2004-05 to 2006-073

Joint weekly income HRP and partner (thousand overcrowded households)

Joint weekly income HRP and partner (percentage)

Government office region

Under £200

£200, under £500

£500 or more

Total

Under £200

£200, under £500

£500 or more

Total

North East

3

11

3

17

1.3

3.0

0.8

1.8

North West

14

27

8

49

2.5

3.0

0.9

2.1

Yorkshire and the Humber

9

16

5

30

2.2

2.3

0.7

1.7

North

26

53

16

96

2.2

2.7

0.8

1.9

East Midlands

6

7

7

20

2.1

1.3

1.2

1.4

West Midlands

11

25

12

48

2.4

3.6

1.6

2.5

Midlands

17

32

19

68

2.3

2.6

1.4

2.0

East

7

15

13

35

2.0

2.3

1.3

1.8

London

62

57

42

160

9.7

7.8

3.7

6.4

South East

12

30

18

60

2.4

3.4

1.2

2.1

South West

5

13

10

28

1.5

2.0

1.2

1.5

South

86

115

82

283

4.7

3.9

1.8

3.1

England

130

200

117

446

3.4

3.3

1.5

2.5

1 Overcrowded i.e. one or more bedrooms below the “bedroom standard”. 2 Households with unknown incomes are excluded from these estimates. 3 Sample sizes are too small to give robust annual figures. A three-year average is therefore provided. Source: Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing.

(d) Estimates of the number and percentage of overcrowded households by ethnicity by broad region in England are given in Table 4. Due to very small sample sizes for overcrowded ethnic minority households in some regions it is not possible to provide estimates for individual regions.

Table 4: Overcrowded1 households by ethnicity of household reference person, England, 2004-05 to 2006-072

White (overcrowded)

Ethnic minority (overcrowded)

Region

Tenure

Thousand households

Percentage

Thousand households

Percentage

London

Owner occupiers

27

1.5

27

7.0

Social renters

63

7.4

63

18.9

Private renters

32

7.3

32

17.0

All

122

3.7

122

13.4

Rest of England

Owner occupiers

110

0.9

43

7.7

Social renters

116

4.0

16

8.8

Private renters

45

2.7

21

9.4

All

271

1.6

80

8.3

England

Owner occupiers

129

1.0

70

7.4

Social renters

151

4.4

78

15.4

Private renters

72

3.5

53

12.8

All

352

1.9

202

10.8

1 Overcrowded is one or more bedrooms below the “bedroom standard”. 2 Sample sizes are too small to give robust annual figures. A three-year average is therefore provided. Source: Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing.