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LOCAL HOUSING STATISTICS 1999-2000

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Local Housing Statistics 1999/2000, a volume of statistics on housing by local authority area, is published today....
Local Housing Statistics 1999/2000, a volume of statistics on housing by local authority area, is published today.
Local authorities, or councils, form the lowest tier of government in England. There are 354 local authorities in England and they vary in size from Birmingham with more than 1 million people to the Isles of Scilly with about 2,000.
The data published covers figures on house building, renovation grants, sales of dwellings and housing land and local authorities' action under homelessness provisions. Data includes:
- Over 2,000 dwellings were stated in 1999/2000 in Manchester and Leeds with nearly 2,000 in Birmingham and between 1,000 and 2,000 in Liverpool, Bradford and Wakefield.
- 24,914 disabled facilities grants and 16,450 renovation grants were paid under the 1996 Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act in England in 1999/2000.
- 53,667 council dwellings were sold under right-to-buy legislation in England in 1999/2000. The average price after discount varied from£16,354 in the North East to£35,165 in the South East.
- 105,520 households were accepted as being homeless and in priority need for housing in England in 1999/2000.
Notes
1. Local Housing Statistics 1999/2000, compiled by DETR statisticians, can be obtained from DETR, Publication Sales Centre, Unit 21, Goldthorpe Industrial Estate, Rotherham S63 9BL. Tel. 01709 891318. Alternatively, a copy will shortly be posted on the DETR web site at www.housing.detr.gsi.gov.uk.
2. Local Housing Statistics is the latest in a series of annual statistics on housing in local authority areas in England. Much of the data is collected from routine returns from local authorities.
3. In producing Local Housing Statistics 1999/2000 the information has been standardised on financial years. This corresponds to the main collection and funding cycles.
4. The Housing Act 1980 extended the provisions under which local authorities dispose of dwellings especially through right to buy. Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 places statutory duties on local authorities in England and Wales to provide assistance to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness as long as they are unintentionally homeless. Specific priority need groups were also
identified.
5. 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 demands.
HOUSING STATISTICS: JUNE QUARTER 2000
Housing Statistics June Quarter 2000, a supplement to the annual compendium of statistics on housing covers figures on house building, renovation grants, sales of dwellings, mortgages and housing costs and prices. Data includes:
- 39,200 dwellings were started in England in the June quarter of 2000. The number started varied from 1,800 thousand in the north east to 6,700 in the south east.
- Of the39.2 thousand dwellings started 35,700, 91%, were built by private enterprise for sale and 3,400, 9%, for registered social landlords. Very few dwellings have been built for local authorities in recent years.
- 12,800 council dwellings were sold in England under right to buy in the June quarter of 2000.
- English councils netted£360.7m from sale of dwellings into owner occupation in the June quarter of 2000 and the average discount on sales was 45%.
Notes
1. Housing Statistics, compiled by DETR statisticians can be obtained from Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Publication Sales Centre, Unit 21, Goldthorpe Industrial Estate, Rotherham S63 9BL. Tel. 01709 891318. Alternatively, a copy will shortly be posted on the DETR web site at
www.housing.detr.gsi.gov.uk
2. Housing Statistics 2000, published last December, was the first edition of the new compendium publication covering statistics in housing. Housing Statistics Quarterly is designed to supplement this annual volume by making the latest figures available as quickly as possible.
Much of the data is collected from routine returns from local authorities and updates those statistics in the annual volume that are collected quarterly or, in the case of housebuilding, monthly.
The tables contain data for England as a whole or for Government Office Regions. Where consistent data is available, tables also cover Great Britain and the United Kingdom.
3. In producing Housing Statistics Quarterly all tables have been reviewed and the information has been standardised, where possible on financial years. This corresponds to the main collection and funding cycles. The data includes figures for the June quarter of 2000 and also some provisional figures for the September quarter.
4. The Housing Act 1980 extended the provisions under which local authorities dispose of dwellings especially through right to buy. More recent legislation has affected the maximum cash limits of discounts.
5. Other statistical publications including the latest annual volume, Housing Statistics 2000, are also available on the DETR Web-site. Our aim is to make the data that we collect as widely available as possible and we will increasingly be putting tables and publications onto the website at www.housing.detr.gov.uk.
6. 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 demands.
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