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Social housing lettings fall again 11/11/2016

Latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that social housing lettings by local authorities decreased by 3% to 113,449 lettings in 2015/16, a continuation of the long-term downward trend in the number of lettings.


Lettings by private registered providers also decreased by 3% in the same period. This is not good news for those on council housing waiting lists.


DCLG Housing Statistical Release for social lettings in England for the period April 2015 to March 2016 make grim reading for those on council housing waiting lists.


The figures show that there were 261,163 lettings by private registered providers (housing associations) and 113,449 lettings by local authorities in 2015/16. Social housing lettings by private registered providers have also decreased by 3% in 2015/16 compared with 2014/15, continuing the fall from a high of 270,659 in 2013/14.


Lettings of local authority housing stock have fallen consistently over the last nine years from 145,403 in 2007/08 to 113,449 in 2015/16 although the total number of social housing lettings (local authority and private registered providers) has increased over the same period from 366,820 in 2007/08 to 374,612 in 2015/16.


As stock retained councils await details of the High Value Asset Levy in the Housing and Planning Act Regulations and can calculate the number of "higher value" council homes they will need to sell as they become vacant, the prospect is that the number of social lettings by local authorities may decline significantly over the next three to four years.

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