Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Handy facts on housing

Thanks to @joehalewood for digging these facts out - they are relevant to ongoing debates over housing and housing costs and I make no apology for lifting his blog post wholesale:

The COntinuous REcording (CORE) statistics for 2011/12 have just been released on the CLG website and make interesting reading

Did you know?
  • Average social rent is £76 per week or £329 per calendar month?
  • Average HA rent is £81 per week and £351 per month
  • Average ‘affordable rent’ is £110 per week and £477 per month
  • Average market rent is £163 per week and £706 per month
  • 20.88% of social housing tenants are unemployed
  • 29.48% of social housing tenants are EMPLOYED! – So there are 3 employed social housing tenants to every 2 unemployed!!
  • 94% of social housing tenants are UK Nationals (Less than 1% of all the housing in the UK is social housing given to foreigners)
  • Only 35% of ‘affordable rent’ tenancies are new build – 65% are not!
  • Shapps ‘affordable rent’ panacea has seen just 1592 of his planned 170,000 units built (0.93% of his target and so 99.07% to go!!)
The cost figures above make startling reading as they reveal :
  • Market rent is 114% higher than social rent;
  • Market rent is 101% higher than housing association rent;
  • Affordable (sic) rent’ is an increase of 45% to social rent level

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