work in 1999-2000, according to the Survey of English Housing
published today. Most were involved in work with the broad aim of
improving local people's quality of life - activities for local young
(28 per cent) were the most commonly mentioned.
The Survey is a continuous DTLR survey of about 20,000 households
each year, providing a wide range of useful data on the housing
circumstances of people throughout England. The 1999-2000 survey was
carried out by the National Centre for Social Research.
The Survey found that, 69 per cent of households in England owned
their own home, 21 per cent rented from the social sector (a council
or registered social landlord - housing association) and 10 per cent
rented privately. All three groups were included in the survey, which
also found that:
Sixty one per cent of owners were buying their home with a mortgage.
Fifty eight per cent of those with a mortgage had an interest only
mortgage (mostly endowment mortgages) and 36 per cent had an interest
and principal (repayment) mortgage. On average, households with a
mortgage spent£77 a week on their mortgage.
Thirty nine per cent of owners (equivalent to 27 per cent of all
households) owned their home outright. Ninety four per cent of
outright owners were over 45, and 64 per cent were retired.
Thirty two per cent of all social sector tenants thought the time
they had waited to be allocated their current home was short, 45 per
cent thought it was reasonable, and 24 per cent thought it was too
long. Thirty nine per cent of tenants were happy with the choice they
had been offered when they were allocated their home, while 19 per
cent said they didn't have enough choice and 42 per cent reported
they were offered no choice at all.
The average (mean) rent paid by private tenants in 1999/00 was£86 a
week. This included any amount met from housing benefit, but excludes
any additional service charges. Those with assured shorthold
tenancies had the highest average rent, of£94 a week, and those with
regulated tenancies the lowest (£52 a week).
The majority of tenants were satisfied with their landlord - seventy
one per cent of council tenants, 78 per cent of RSL tenants and 80
per cent of private tenants were satisfied with the overall service.
RSL tenants were the most likely to think their landlord was good at
keeping them informed and carrying out repairs, while private tenants
were the most likely to think their landlord took a lot of account of
1. Housing in England 1999/00 is published by TSO, price£39.50. It
contains approximately 300 data tables and figures supported by an
extensive analytical commentary, together with technical details of
the survey. It is compiled by the National Centre for Social
Research, who carried out the 1999/00 survey on behalf of the DTLR,
and by DTLR statisticians. A copy is available on the DTLR website.
2. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards
set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo
regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer