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Social Rented Housing: Foreigners

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households of non-UK nationals have received new social housing tenancies in each of the last five years. (288098)

Information on the number of foreign national households receiving social housing is collected through the continuous recording of letting form (CORE). 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.

A question on nationality was first introduced to the form for the 2006-07 data collection period. It was estimated that around 6 per cent. (equivalent to around 11,000) general needs lettings to new social housing tenants were made to foreign nationals in 2006-07. This estimate was adjusted for the missing local authority data, and included lets made to nationals from EEA countries.

It is estimated that around 12,000 general needs lettings to new social housing tenants were made to foreign nationals in 2007-08 (equating to 6.6 per cent.). Figures for 2007-08 are based on an improved imputation method to adjust for missing local authority data. 2007-08 figures are published on the Communities and Local Government website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/1228921.xls.