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Council housing stock down again 19/01/2017

Latest local authority housing statistics show a further decrease of 1.9% in the housing stock owned by local authorities in 2015/16 and a decrease of 5% in the number of lettings to tenants.


Figures published by the Department of Communities & Local Government for the year ending March 2016 show that the number of council owned dwellings at 1 April 2016 was 1.61million - a decrease of 1.9% from the previous year.  The numbers of council housing owned by local authorities has fallen by over 2million from the 3.67million dwellings owned by councils on 1 April 1994.


The average local authority social rent in England in 2015/16 was £87.81pw Of the 1.61million dwellings owned on 1 April 2016, 99.5% were let at social rents homes but a small but increasing number (8,400) are now let at higher "affordable rents" (Up to 80% of the local market rent).


There were 1.18million households on council housing waiting lists at 1 April 2016 but the turnover of tenancies within the council housing stock meant that during 2015/16 councils were only able to make 120,500 lettings - this was a decrease of 5% compared to the 127,300 lettings that councils were able to make in 2014/15. 

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