Latest figures from the Department of Communities & Local
Government show that social housing lettings by local authorities
and housing associations in England totalled 313,000 - decrease of
6% on the previous year. These latest figures mark a continuation
of the long-term trend in the decline in the number of lettings
from a peak of 397,000 lettings in 2013-14 (a decrease of 21%).
Of the total of 313,000 new lettings in 2017-18, 217,000
lettings were made by private registered providers (housing
associations) and 96,000 by local authorities.
87% of new social lettings were at social rent (determined
through the national rent policy) with 13% let at affordable rent
(set at up to 80% of market rent).
Social rent charged on new social lettings was on average 52% of
market rent (£82.00 pw) whilst affordable rent was on average 71%
of market rent (£111.00)
Twice as many tenants in new social housing lettings in 2017-18
were employed (31%) than unemployed (15%) and 31% of new lettings
were to tenants who were either retired or unable to work for
Coupled with the continuing decline in the total stock of
council housing this is not good news for those on council housing
waiting lists and homeless households living in temporary
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