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Local authority rented stock falls again 27/04/2017

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 authority stock.


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 March 2001.


Local authority housing stock now makes up only 6.8% of the total housing stock, down from 13.3% in 2001.

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