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Rents

Volume 485: debated on Monday 8 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean and (b) median monthly expenditure on private rent after deduction of housing benefit was of (i) all private rented households and (ii) private rented households at each level of disposable income (A) in England and (B) in each region in England. (240881)

The mean and median monthly expenditure on private rents (after deduction of housing benefit) by private renting households is set out in Table 1 for each Government office region and for England. The figures represent an average over the three-year period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and are derived from the Survey of English Housing. Figures based on a period of less than three years would not be sufficiently reliable.

Table 1: Private rents after deduction of housing benefit by region, 2004-05 to 2006-07

£ per month

Government office region

Mean

Median

North East

217

216

North West

250

228

Yorkshire and The Humber

237

233

East Midlands

287

297

West Midlands

277

275

Eastern

390

399

London

603

546

South East

409

394

South West

335

309

England

386

325

Table 2 shows the mean and median monthly rents (after deduction of housing benefit) disaggregated by the gross weekly income accruing to the main householder and partner (if any): below £200 per week; £200 to below £500 per week; and £500 per week or more. The figures represent an average over the three-year period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and are derived from the Survey of English Housing. Figures based on a period of less than three years would not be sufficiently reliable.

Table 2: Private rents after deduction of housing benefit by income group and by region, 2004-05 to 2006-07

Gross weekly income

Gross weekly income

<£200

£200-£499

£500+

<£200

£200-£499

£500+

Government office region

Mean monthly rent (after housing benefit)

Median monthly rent (after housing benefit)

North East

110

235

360

38

233

364

North West

131

280

408

69

286

410

Yorkshire and The Humber

124

213

411

65

235

415

East Midlands

144

297

410

97

348

442

West Midlands

149

299

443

98

327

433

Eastern

156

355

547

56

379

550

London

221

444

861

49

387

805

South East

186

349

559

65

344

550

South West

151

296

480

50

299

498

England

159

323

596

61

312

550

The rental figures that were included in the derivation of the figures in Tables 1 and 2 included a number of “zero” rents. These cases arose because the rent for the accommodation was fully covered by the amount of housing benefit received—so the rental expenditure net of housing benefit was zero.