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 2010-11 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 to impute figures for local authorities that did not fully participate (see ‘Related Publications’, below).
For general needs social housing lettings, key findings include:
- There were 269,000 general needs lettings across social housing in 2010-11 - a 2 per cent increase from 263,000 in 2009-10. This increase has been caused by a rise in the number of housing association lettings from 138,000 to 151,000 households, whilst the number of local authority lettings has decreased from 126,000 to 117,000.
- The distribution of lettings by household type has remained similar over time. In 2010-11 there was a small increase in the proportion to older people (a household where either the tenant or their partner is aged 60 or over) from 9.6 per cent of all general needs lettings to 10.8 per cent.
- There has been a decrease in the number of lettings to people aged 16-24. The proportion of lettings to households headed by females that were 16-24 decreased from 32.7 per cent to 30.7 per cent. The proportion of lettings to males that were 16-24 decreased from 18.4 to 17.6
- There was a small decline in the proportion of lettings to white ethnic from 83.8 per cent to 82.6 per cent in 2010-11. This mainly reflected a rise in the proportion of lettings to black or black British tenants from 8.4 per cent to 9.2 per cent
- In 2010-11, 96 per cent of lettings to existing tenants and 91 per cent of new lettings went to UK nationals. The proportion of lettings to new tenants that were foreign national tenants increased from 7.7 per cent to 8.7 per cent.