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Eight per cent of householders were participating in local voluntary ...
Eight per cent of householders were participating in local voluntary

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

people (47 per cent) and improving local peoples' educational skills

(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

tenants' views.


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


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