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Housing: Standards

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of homes in each region met the Decent Homes standard in each of the last five years. (294951)

The English House Condition Survey reports nationally on the percentage of decent homes. However the size of the sample size limits the extent to which it can provide robust results for each year at lower levels of geography.

The survey can provide estimates at broad regional groupings (Northern includes North West, North East and Yorkshire; South East includes South East and London and the rest of country includes Eastern, East Midlands, West Midlands and South West) which are provide in table, but not for each region in England due to sample size.

Percentage of homes meeting the decent homes standard in the last five years (2003-07)

Original definition

Updated definition

2003

2004

2005

2006

2006

2007

Northern regions

68.7

70.2

72.7

73.9

64.3

64.3

South East regions

68.0

69.3

70.7

71.9

66.2

66.1

Rest of England

69.3

72.4

73.7

73.7

64.5

65.5

All dwellings

68.7

70.8

72.5

73.2

65.0

65.4

Note:

Base: all tenures

The Decent Homes standard was updated in 2006 when the introduction of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System replaced the Fitness Standard (original definition) as the statutory tool for assessing housing conditions. Figures based on the updated definition from 2006 are not comparable with those based on the original definition.