National Statistics

Local authority housing statistics for England: 2012 to 2013

This statistical release provides summary information from the local authority housing statistics return.


Local authority housing statistics for England: 2012 to 2013

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The latest statistics provided by local authorities in England on their local authority housing statistics form for 2012 to 2013 were released on Thursday 19 December 2013.

The main points from this release are:

  • local authorities in England owned 1.68 million dwellings on 1 April 2013, a decrease of 0.6% from last year. There has been a general decline from 2.81 million on 1 April 2001

  • local authority landlords in England made 134,700 lettings during 2012 to 2013, decreasing from 140,900 during 2011 to 2012. This follows a general decline from 326,600 in 2000 to 2001

  • the average local authority social rent in England in 2012 to 2013 was £78.78 per week. This is 7% higher than in 2011 to 2012

  • there were 1.69 million households on local authority waiting lists on 1 April 2013, a decrease of 8.6% on the 1.85 million on 1 April 2012. Changes in waiting list numbers can reflect administrative and policy changes as well as changes in the demand for social housing

  • in 2012 to 2013 local authorities reported that 6,140 evictions were carried out by court bailiffs, approximately the same number that were reported in 2011 to 2012. The vast majority (81%) of these were for rent arrears

  • as at 1 April 2013, there were 184,000 “non-decent” local authority owned dwellings across England, a decrease from 214,000 on 1 April 2012. This is 11% of all local authority owned stock

Alongside this release, several live tables have been updated:

Published 19 December 2013