Latest figures from Department for Communities and Local
Government(DCLG) show that social and affordable rented housing
stock in England increased by 12,000 dwellings in the 12-month
period to 31 March 2016. However, stock rented from local
authorities fell by 31,000 in the same period.
Dwelling Stock estimates released by
the DCLG show that there were 23.7 million dwellings in England at
31 March 2016, an increase of 190,000 dwellings on the same point
in the previous year.
14.8 million of those homes were owner-occupied dwellings, 4.8
million private rented dwellings and 4.0 million social and
affordable rented dwellings provided by local authorities and
Private Registered Providers.
Private rented sector dwellings now represent 20.4% of the total
stock and while the number of social and affordable rented
dwellings increased by 12,000 dwellings, this was due to a rise in
Private Registered Provider dwellings exceeding the fall in local
The number of homes rented from local authorities fell by 31,000
dwellings in the year to 31 March with the local authority dwelling
stock at 31 March 2016 estimated to be 1.612 million - a decrease
from the figure of 1.643 million at 31 March 2015 and a significant
decrease of 1.2 million from the figure of 2.812 million at 31
Local authority housing stock now makes up only 6.8% of the
total housing stock, down from 13.3% in 2001.