These tables give information about the characteristics of households receiving general needs social lettings.
Estimates cover the whole social housing sector, including both housing associations and local authorities. The figures are based on lettings information reported through the Continuous Recording of Lettings (CORE) system for 2009-10 and the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix. More information on CORE can be found on the CORE website (see link on the right).
Participation in CORE by local authorities is not yet complete and some local authorities do not yet provide CORE data, so the local authority figures have been adjusted to take account of missing data. This adjustment uses a method developed by the University of Cambridge, imputing figures for local authorities that did not fully participate.
For general needs, social housing lettings, between 2007-08 and 2009-10, key findings include:
- The number of general needs lettings across social housing in 2009-10 was estimated at 263,000 - similar to the 264,000 lettings in 2008-09.
- The number of lettings to households headed by jobseekers rose by one-third, from 38,800 (16.6 per cent) of lettings in 2008-09 to 51,600 (21.1 per cent) of lettings in 2009-10. This was consistent with the economic downturn that saw the overall number of unemployed rise by 28 per cent over the same period.
- The rise in the number of lettings to jobseeking households was offset by a reduction in lettings to: (a) households at home not seeking work, which fell from 24.1 per cent of lettings in 2008-09 to 22.1 per cent in 2009-10, and (b) full-time workers, which fell from 23.1 per cent to 21.2 per cent.
- There was a rise in the proportion of lettings to Black or Black British tenants from 7.6 per cent to 8.4 per cent. This was mostly offset by a decline in the number of lettings to Asian or Asian British households - down from 4.5 percent to 3.9 per cent. The proportion of lettings to white ethnic groups was little changed: 83.6 per cent to 83.8 per cent.
- For new tenants, the proportion of lettings to new foreign national tenants increased from 6.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent. The proportion of letting to existing foreign national tenants dropped slightly from 4.0 per cent to 3.5 per cent.