These tables give information about the characteristics of households receiving general needs social lettings.
Estimates cover the whole social housing sector, including both Private Registered Providers (housing associations) and local authorities. The figures are based on lettings information reported through the Continuous Recording of Lettings (CORE) system for 2011 to 2012 and the Local Authority Housing Statistics. More information on CORE can be found on the CORE website.
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.
For general needs social housing lettings, key findings include:
- there were 266,000 general needs lettings across social housing in 2011 to 2012 - a 1% decrease from 269,000 in 2010 to 2011; this decrease has been caused by a decrease in the number of local authority lettings from 117,000 to 113,000 households, whilst the number of housing association lettings has increased from 151,000 to 153,000
- the distribution of lettings by household type has remained similar over time; in 2011 to 2012 the proportion to older people (a household where either the tenant or their partner is aged 60 or over) was 11% of all general needs lettings, unchanged from 2010 to 2011
- in 2011 to 2012, 95% of lettings to existing tenants and 91% of new lettings went to UK nationals