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Housing Statistics Summary No 17, 2003 ...
Housing Statistics Summary No 17, 2003

This bulletin is a preview of a number of different new results from

the survey. Some of the main examples include:

- There has been a very strong movement away from endowment

mortgages in recent years. In 2001 and 2002, 75 per cent of new

mortgages were repayment, and only 10 per cent were endowment

mortgages. In contrast, during the period 1985-1989, 61 per cent of

new mortgages were endowment and 30 per cent repayment.

- Some 19 per cent of applicants on council waiting lists had been

on the list for five years or more, as compared to 6 per cent of those

on housing association lists.

- Young people with a disability are much less likely to be living

in suitable accommodation than elderly people. Only 43 per cent of

people aged less than 16 with a disability were living in suitable

accommodation as compared to 77 per cent of those aged 65 and over.

- The proportion of older householders who considered that they

would not be able to pay for a major repair to their home was

substantially higher than for younger householders. 12 per cent for

householders aged 70 or more and 7 per cent for householders aged

60-69, as compared to 3 per cent of younger householders.

- Nearly half of all households have a garage or car port solely for

their own use while about a third of households have no parking for

their sole use.


1. The Survey of English Housing is a continuous household survey,

carried out for the ODPM by the National Centre for Social Research,

which provides key housing data for all forms of tenure (ie owner

occupation and the social and private rented sectors) in England. In

the first six months of the 2002/03 survey some 9,800 randomly chosen

households were interviewed.

2. The results are new in that, either they are derived from

questions asked for the first time in the SEH in 2002/03, or are

previously unpublished r esults based on questions not new in 2002/03.

3. Housing Statistics Summary No 17, 2003 can be found online.

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