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Over 2 million fewer council homes 19/01/2018 Labelled as Rent, Repairs

The latest local authority housing statistics illustrate the continuing decline in the numbers of council housing, revealing that councils in England owned 1.6 million dwellings on 1 April 2017 - a decrease from the 3.67 million homes owned on 1 April 1994 due to Right to Buy sales, large scale voluntary transfers and demolitions.


The council housing stock in England fell from 1,612,319 on 1 April 2016 to 1,601,565 on 1 April 2017.


99.2% of the council owned stock is let at social rents with 0.8% let at affordable rents (up to 80% of market rent).


There were 1.16 million households on council housing waiting lists on 1 April 2017 but council landlords were able to make 112,600 lettings in 2016-17 but this was nearly 8,000 less than the 120,500 lettings made in 2015-16.


The average weekly rent for council housing in England in 2016-17 was £87.20 - an average reduction of 61p per week on the average rent of £87.81 in 2015-16. This reflects the mandatory rent reductions imposed on councils by the Welfare Reform & Work Act.


Councils invested £1.9billion on capital works on the council housing stock (improvements & major repairs) in 2016-17 and the number of local authority owned dwellings classed as "non-decent" at 1 April 2017 was 79,600 - this represents a decrease of 6% compared to the figure of 84,900 at 1 April 2016 and around 5% of the total council housing stock.


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