1. Main facts and figures

  • in 2016/17, there were 318,150 new social housing lettings in England where the ethnicity of the main tenant was known
  • around 79% of new social housing lettings were to White British households, unchanged from 2015/16
  • out of all the ethnic groups, White Gypsy or Irish Traveller households had the fewest new social housing lettings
  • in 2016/17, Asian households made up 4.5% of new social housing lettings, and 7.7% of the overall population of England in 2016 – households from the Indian and Chinese ethnic groups were particularly under-represented in new social housing lettings
  • Black households made up 7.1% of new social housing lettings, and 3.4% of the overall population of England – households from the Black African and Black Caribbean ethnic groups were particularly over-represented in new social housing lettings
Things you need to know

Social housing is provided by local authorities and private registered providers (mainly housing associations).

This data relates to new, permanent lettings of social housing. It excludes lettings where a tenant starts a new tenancy agreement but stays in the same property (after their previous tenancy agreement ended).

The data only includes lettings where the tenant reported their ethnicity. This means that figures for new lettings published here may be different from other published figures on social housing.

There were 334,602 new lettings in 2016/17. The ethnicity of the main tenant was known for 318,150 of these new lettings (95.1%), and refused or missing for 16,452 lettings (4.9%).

There may be some inaccuracy in the administrative data used to compile these statistics due to missing responses or reporting errors when the data was entered.

Household income used in these figures does not take account of the size or membership of households, which means that we can’t make statements about whether some ethnic groups are poorer compared to others.

For example, 2 households may have the same number of people, but in one household there are several dependent children, while in the other, everyone is employed. In this data, the amount of rent as a percentage of household income has not been adjusted to reflect these differences.

43% of households refused to disclose their income, so the data broken down by income should be treated with caution.

In addition, a small proportion (0.7%) of new lettings refused to provide the age of the main tenant.

The raw data has been taken from the Continuous Recording of Lettings and Sales in Social Housing (CORE) system. The statistics presented on this page have not been published separately by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

What the data measures

This data measures access to social housing using the number of new social housing lettings in England in 2016/17, broken down by ethnic group.

The information relates to households. A household is one person or a group of people (not necessarily related) who have the accommodation as their only or main residence. If it is a group, they must share cooking facilities and also share a living room, sitting room or dining area.

The data uses the ethnicity of the main tenant. For a single tenancy, this is the named tenant.

For a joint tenancy, the main tenant is:

  • the economically active or working person
  • the oldest person, if both tenants are working or both are not working

These figures are drawn from the Continuous Recording of Lettings and Sales in Social Housing (CORE) system in 2016/17. CORE is a complete census of new social housing lettings, which records:

  • social housing lettings
  • affordable housing lettings
  • sales by private registered providers

To provide additional context, the percentage of new social housing lettings by ethnic group has been compared with population estimates (2016) published by ONS. You can see these population estimates if you download the data.

Where data is broken down by age, the age of the household’s main tenant is used. The minimum age for a main tenant of social housing is 16 years. As a result, the population estimates only include those in the population who are aged 16 years and over.

The ethnic categories used in this data

For comparisons made at national and regional levels, this data uses the standardised ethnic groups based on the 2011 Census:

White:

  • English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British
  • Irish
  • Gypsy, Traveller or Irish Traveller
  • Any other White background

Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups:

  • White and Black Caribbean
  • White and Black African
  • White and Asian
  • Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background

Asian/Asian British:

  • Indian
  • Pakistani
  • Bangladeshi
  • Chinese
  • Any other Asian background

Black/African/Caribbean/Black British:

  • African
  • Caribbean
  • Any other Black/African/Caribbean background

Other ethnic group:

  • Arab
  • Any other ethnic group

For data analysed both by ethnicity and by local authority, the following 2 categories have been used:

  • White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
  • Other – all other ethnic minorities

This is because the number of people surveyed to generate estimates for the population as a whole becomes too small to be reliable when broken down both by ethnicity (in either detailed or broad categories) and by another factor like local authority.

2. By ethnicity

Percentage and number of new social housing lettings that are from each ethnic group, compared with the overall population by ethnicity
Ethnicity % Social housing lettings Population (2016 estimate)
Asian 4.5 14,313 7.7
Bangladeshi 0.9 2,830 0.8
Chinese 0.1 477 0.8
Indian 0.7 2,371 2.7
Pakistani 1.5 4,765 1.9
Asian other 1.2 3,870 1.6
Black 7.1 22,530 3.4
Black African 3.8 12,059 1.7
Black Caribbean 2.4 7,529 1.2
Black other 0.9 2,942 0.5
Mixed 3.0 9,418 1.8
Mixed White/Asian 0.4 1,165 0.5
Mixed White/Black African 0.5 1,555 0.2
Mixed White/Black Caribbean 1.4 4,510 0.7
Mixed other 0.7 2,188 0.4
White 83.5 265,736 86.1
White British 78.9 251,093 80.2
White Irish 0.6 1,786 1.0
White Gypsy/Traveller 0.1 429 0.1
White other 3.9 12,428 4.8
Other 1.9 6,153 1.0
Arab 0.6 1,766 0.4
Any other 1.4 4,387 0.6

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Summary

This data shows that:

  • in 2016/17, there were 318,150 new social housing lettings in where the ethnicity of the main tenant was known (95% of the total)
  • out of the specific ethnic groups, White British households had the most new social housing lettings, with around 250,000 (or 78.9% of all new lettings) – by comparison, White British households accounted for 80.2% of the population of England
  • White Gypsy or Irish Traveller households had the least new social housing lettings, with 429 lettings (or 0.1% of all new lettings) – by comparison, White Gypsy or Irish Traveller households accounted for 0.1% of the population of England
  • Asian households were under-represented in new social housing lettings; households from the Chinese ethnic group accounted for 0.1% of new social housing lettings and 0.8% of the general population, and those from the Indian ethnic group accounted for 0.7% of new social housing lettings and 2.7% of the general population
  • Black households were over-represented in new social housing lettings; Black African households accounted for 3.8% of new social housing lettings and 1.7% of the general population, and Black Caribbean households accounted for 2.4% of new social housing lettings and 1.2% of the general population
  • Asian households were similarly under-represented in new social housing lettings in 2015/16, and Black households were similarly over-represented

3. By ethnicity and income

Percentage and number of new social housing lettings by ethnicity and weekly household income
Less than £100 £100 to £199 £200 to £299 £300 to £399 £400 to £499 £500 to £599 £600 and above
Ethnicity % Social housing lettings % Social housing lettings % Social housing lettings % Social housing lettings % Social housing lettings % Social housing lettings % Social housing lettings
Asian 22.5 1,955 24.8 2,153 20.8 1,805 16.2 1,408 8.5 741 4.5 387 2.6 225
Bangladeshi 14.8 228 22.1 341 23.5 363 18.6 287 10.7 165 6.3 97 3.9 60
Chinese 18.4 46 30.9 77 21.7 54 16.1 40 9.0 22 2.1 5 1.9 5
Indian 24.6 362 28.1 413 21.7 318 13.4 197 7.3 108 2.5 36 2.4 35
Pakistani 22.6 702 24.0 747 20.8 648 17.1 530 8.7 272 4.4 138 2.3 72
Asian other 26.8 618 24.9 575 18.3 422 15.3 353 7.6 175 4.8 110 2.3 53
Black 26.8 3,635 22.2 3,006 20.1 2,722 14.7 1,995 8.6 1,172 4.0 540 3.6 487
Black African 25.5 1,923 20.0 1,511 20.3 1,532 15.4 1,165 9.7 731 4.7 358 4.4 329
Black Caribbean 29.8 1,341 25.7 1,155 19.7 885 13.0 585 6.8 306 2.7 120 2.3 105
Black other 24.6 371 22.5 340 20.2 305 16.3 246 8.9 135 4.0 61 3.6 54
Mixed 27.9 1,625 25.3 1,476 20.4 1,187 13.4 778 6.6 382 3.5 205 2.9 172
Mixed White/Asian 28.1 213 29.1 221 20.9 159 12.7 97 5.4 41 2.2 17 1.6 12
Mixed White/Black African 23.8 228 24.7 236 18.3 175 15.4 148 8.6 82 5.3 51 3.9 37
Mixed White/Black Caribbean 32.3 908 25.4 716 19.9 561 12.3 347 5.4 153 2.3 65 2.3 65
Mixed other 21.3 275 23.4 302 22.6 292 14.5 187 8.2 105 5.6 72 4.5 58
White 18.7 27,903 27.7 41,391 23.4 34,990 14.7 21,983 7.7 11,448 4.4 6,648 3.5 5,194
White British 19.1 26,985 28.3 39,860 23.4 32,997 14.4 20,280 7.3 10,350 4.1 5,826 3.3 4,622
White Irish 21.9 220 33.0 332 23.0 231 12.1 121 4.0 40 3.4 34 2.5 25
White Gypsy/Traveller 17.3 40 28.9 66 26.3 60 15.2 35 5.7 13 3.8 9 2.9 7
White other 8.9 658 15.3 1,134 23.0 1,702 20.9 1,547 14.1 1,045 10.5 779 7.3 540
Other 29.8 1,129 24.8 940 20.0 757 12.6 476 6.8 258 3.9 147 2.0 77
Arab 36.2 392 24.1 261 18.2 198 11.4 124 5.7 62 3.0 33 1.3 14
Any other 27.3 737 25.1 679 20.7 560 13.0 352 7.3 196 4.2 114 2.3 63

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Summary

This data shows that:

  • in 2016/17, the ethnic groups with the highest percentage of households earning less than £200 per week were Arab, and Mixed White and Black Caribbean, at 60.3% and 57.7% respectively
  • the Other White ethnic group had the lowest percentage of households earning less than £200 per week, at 24.2%
  • 17.8% of households from the Other White ethnic group earned more than £500 per week, the highest percentage for any ethnic group within this income bracket
  • 3.8% of Mixed White and Asian households earned more than £500 per week, the lowest percentage for any ethnic group
  • All of the above points are unchanged from 2015/16

4. By ethnicity and area

Percentage of new social housing lettings that are from each ethnic group, compared with the overall population by ethnicity, by area
Ethnicity North East North West Yorkshire & Humber East Midlands West Midlands East of England London South East South West
% % % % % % % % %
Asian 1.5 3.0 4.3 3.4 6.2 2.8 12.2 3.4 1.2
Bangladeshi 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.7 4.8 0.4 0.2
Chinese 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.1
Indian 0.1 0.4 0.4 1.4 1.3 0.5 1.8 0.5 0.2
Pakistani 0.3 1.3 2.2 0.9 2.9 0.8 1.8 1.2 0.2
Asian other 0.6 0.9 1.2 0.8 1.1 0.7 3.3 1.1 0.4
Black 1.5 3.8 4.2 3.8 8.8 3.8 29.3 3.6 2.7
Black African 1.2 2.5 2.7 2.0 4.1 2.0 14.1 2.2 1.3
Black Caribbean 0.1 0.8 1.0 1.3 4.0 1.3 11.4 0.9 0.8
Black other 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.7 0.5 3.7 0.5 0.6
Mixed 0.8 2.1 2.4 2.7 4.3 2.9 6.7 2.4 2.0
Mixed White/Asian 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.3
Mixed White/Black African 0.2 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4 1.2 0.4 0.2
Mixed White/Black Caribbean 0.1 0.8 1.1 1.6 2.6 1.3 3.2 1.0 1.0
Mixed other 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.9 1.8 0.7 0.5
White 95.1 89.7 86.9 88.8 78.8 89.6 47.8 89.8 93.4
White British 93.4 85.2 82.4 84.1 74.1 84.2 38.7 85.5 89.9
White Irish 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.5 1.6 0.5 0.4
White Gypsy/Traveller 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
White other 1.5 3.9 4.2 4.2 3.9 4.8 7.4 3.7 3.0
Other 1.0 1.5 2.2 1.2 2.0 0.9 4.0 0.9 0.7
Arab 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.7 0.2 1.1 0.2 0.1
Any other 0.7 1.0 1.6 1.0 1.3 0.7 2.9 0.7 0.5

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Summary

This data shows that:

  • in all regions of England, compared with the latest population estimates, Black households were over-represented in new social housing lettings (they made up a greater percentage of new social housing lettings than they did the general population), and Asian households were under-represented – this was also the case in 2015/16
  • in London, Black Caribbean households were over-represented in new social housing lettings (accounting for 11.2% of new lettings, compared with 4.3% of the population), as were Black African households (15.2% of lettings, compared with 6.6% of the population)
  • in London, White British households were under-represented in new social housing lettings (accounting for 37.0% of new lettings, compared with 45.4% of the population), as were Other White households (7.5% of lettings, compared with 13.2% of the population) and Asian Indian households (2.0% of lettings, compared with 6.9% of the population)

5. By ethnicity and local authority

Percentage of new social housing lettings that are from each ethnic group, compared with the overall population by ethnicity, by local authority
White Other than White
Local authority % Social housing lettings Population estimate (2016) % Social housing lettings Population estimate (2016)
Hartlepool 97.8 1,254 97.9 2.2 28 2.1
Middlesbrough 92.6 1,641 89.3 7.4 132 10.7
Redcar and Cleveland 97.6 1,601 98.7 2.4 39 1.3
Stockton-on-Tees 96.1 1,536 95.0 3.9 62 5.0
Darlington 96.2 868 96.6 3.8 34 3.4
Halton 98.3 1,418 98.0 1.7 25 2.0
Warrington 94.0 1,156 96.2 6.0 74 3.8
Blackburn with Darwen 84.6 1,202 71.2 15.4 218 28.8
Blackpool 97.3 970 96.9 2.7 27 3.1
Kingston upon Hull, City of 94.1 3,213 94.5 5.9 200 5.5
East Riding of Yorkshire 98.4 979 98.3 1.6 16 1.7
North East Lincolnshire 98.1 1,108 97.5 1.9 22 2.5
North Lincolnshire 97.5 1,114 96.4 2.5 28 3.6
York 97.0 701 94.7 3.0 22 5.3
Derby 80.9 1,540 81.6 19.1 363 18.4
Leicester 59.0 1,303 50.8 41.0 904 49.2
Rutland 97.6 165 97.2 2.4 4 2.8
Nottingham 71.6 2,071 72.3 28.4 822 27.7
Herefordshire, County of 95.1 959 98.3 4.9 49 1.7
Telford and Wrekin 93.5 1,265 93.3 6.5 88 6.7
Stoke-on-Trent 91.3 1,383 89.7 8.7 131 10.3
Bath and North East Somerset 92.7 972 94.6 7.3 76 5.4
Bristol, City of 71.8 2,110 84.9 28.2 830 15.1
North Somerset 96.5 827 97.5 3.5 30 2.5
South Gloucestershire 90.7 1,063 95.2 9.3 109 4.8
Plymouth 94.1 1,557 96.3 5.9 97 3.7
Torbay 97.4 573 97.7 2.6 15 2.3
Bournemouth 93.1 540 92.3 6.9 40 7.7
Poole 96.6 397 96.1 3.4 14 3.9
Swindon 88.2 1,168 90.5 11.8 156 9.5
Peterborough 83.9 1,046 84.0 16.1 200 16.0
Luton 56.7 489 57.3 43.3 374 42.7
Southend-on-Sea 92.5 626 92.1 7.5 51 7.9
Thurrock 85.6 733 87.3 14.4 123 12.7
Medway 90.3 976 89.9 9.7 105 10.1
Bracknell Forest 89.6 483 91.2 10.4 56 8.8
West Berkshire 94.5 690 95.2 5.5 40 4.8
Reading 72.8 370 76.4 27.2 138 23.6
Slough 59.8 283 47.5 40.2 190 52.5
Windsor and Maidenhead 89.8 379 86.8 10.2 43 13.2
Wokingham 84.7 293 89.2 15.3 53 10.8
Milton Keynes 75.3 703 81.9 24.7 231 18.1
Brighton and Hove 85.0 892 89.1 15.0 158 10.9
Portsmouth 86.9 572 89.2 13.1 86 10.8
Southampton 89.2 1,727 86.5 10.8 210 13.5
Isle of Wight 99.0 610 97.6 1.0 6 2.4
County Durham 98.9 4,859 98.2 1.1 56 1.8
Cheshire East 96.6 1,990 96.9 3.4 70 3.1
Cheshire West and Chester 97.5 1,987 97.6 2.5 50 2.4
Shropshire 97.7 1,844 98.1 2.3 44 1.9
Cornwall 98.3 2,499 98.3 1.7 43 1.7
Isles of Scilly withheld to protect confidentiality 3 98.3 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.7
Wiltshire 95.2 2,018 96.8 4.8 102 3.2
Bedford 72.0 617 81.8 28.0 240 18.2
Central Bedfordshire 93.3 1,076 94.2 6.7 77 5.8
Northumberland 98.9 2,531 98.5 1.1 28 1.5
Aylesbury Vale 82.4 674 90.3 17.6 144 9.7
Chiltern 86.6 271 92.2 13.4 42 7.8
South Buckinghamshire 88.1 111 84.9 11.9 15 15.1
Wycombe 78.1 475 82.7 21.9 133 17.3
Cambridge 84.8 644 82.5 15.2 115 17.5
East Cambridgeshire 95.5 404 96.5 4.5 19 3.5
Fenland 96.3 526 97.4 3.7 20 2.6
Huntingdonshire 94.3 613 95.1 5.7 37 4.9
South Cambridgeshire 93.1 552 93.7 6.9 41 6.3
Allerdale 99.1 991 99.0 0.9 9 1.0
Barrow-in-Furness withheld to protect confidentiality 314 98.4 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.6
Carlisle 98.8 950 98.2 1.2 12 1.8
Copeland 98.5 576 98.5 1.5 9 1.5
Eden 98.1 314 99.0 1.9 6 1.0
South Lakeland 97.4 445 98.5 2.6 12 1.5
Amber Valley 97.4 626 98.2 2.6 17 1.8
Bolsover 97.3 466 98.2 2.7 13 1.8
Chesterfield 96.6 1,125 96.7 3.4 39 3.3
Derbyshire Dales 96.3 392 98.6 3.7 15 1.4
Erewash 97.5 460 97.2 2.5 12 2.8
High Peak 98.2 447 98.0 1.8 8 2.0
North East Derbyshire 98.4 750 98.2 1.6 12 1.8
South Derbyshire 94.0 499 95.9 6.0 32 4.1
East Devon 97.6 443 98.5 2.4 11 1.5
Exeter 92.8 761 93.4 7.2 59 6.6
Mid Devon 100.0 292 98.7 0.0 0 1.3
North Devon withheld to protect confidentiality 398 98.1 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.9
South Hampshire 98.7 368 98.5 1.3 5 1.5
Teignbridge 96.0 459 98.4 4.0 19 1.6
Torridge withheld to protect confidentiality 227 98.8 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.2
West Devon withheld to protect confidentiality 165 98.6 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.4
Christchurch withheld to protect confidentiality 138 97.8 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 2.2
East Dorset 97.5 194 98.4 2.5 5 1.6
North Dorset 98.8 321 97.8 1.2 4 2.2
Purbeck 98.0 145 98.7 2.0 3 1.3
West Dorset 97.5 499 98.2 2.5 13 1.8
Weymouth and Portland 98.4 361 97.6 1.6 6 2.4
Eastbourne 95.4 356 94.3 4.6 17 5.7
Hastings 94.2 438 94.1 5.8 27 5.9
Lewes 96.9 348 96.7 3.1 11 3.3
Rother 97.5 355 97.2 2.5 9 2.8
Wealden 94.7 305 97.6 5.3 17 2.4
Basildon 93.7 987 93.2 6.3 66 6.8
Braintree 96.5 742 96.9 3.5 27 3.1
Brentwood 91.0 191 93.8 9.0 19 6.2
Castle Point withheld to protect confidentiality 104 97.0 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 3.0
Chelmsford 93.4 605 94.2 6.6 43 5.8
Colchester 92.8 667 92.2 7.2 52 7.8
Epping Forest 91.6 87 90.9 8.4 8 9.1
Harlow 90.4 425 89.8 9.6 45 10.2
Maldon withheld to protect confidentiality 180 98.2 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.8
Rochford withheld to protect confidentiality 130 97.3 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 2.7
Tendring 98.3 175 97.7 1.7 3 2.3
Uttlesford 94.5 395 96.8 5.5 23 3.2
Cheltenham 93.4 556 94.4 6.6 39 5.6
Cotswold 95.7 515 97.9 4.3 23 2.1
Forest of Dean 97.3 439 98.6 2.7 12 1.4
Gloucester 86.5 626 90.2 13.5 98 9.8
Stroud 96.6 287 98.1 3.4 10 1.9
Tewkesbury 96.1 417 97.7 3.9 17 2.3
Basingstoke and Deane 92.6 701 93.4 7.4 56 6.6
East Hampshire 93.8 472 96.7 6.2 31 3.3
Eastleigh 94.3 430 95.0 5.7 26 5.0
Fareham 97.2 275 97.0 2.8 8 3.0
Gosport 93.9 414 96.9 6.1 27 3.1
Hart 93.7 236 95.1 6.3 16 4.9
Havant 81.0 286 97.3 19.0 67 2.7
New Forest 98.5 394 97.8 1.5 6 2.2
Rushmoor 90.7 273 84.9 9.3 28 15.1
Test Valley 95.9 568 96.1 4.1 24 3.9
Winchester 95.6 566 95.8 4.4 26 4.2
Broxbourne 88.4 199 90.9 11.6 26 9.1
Dacorum 90.9 673 91.3 9.1 67 8.7
Hertsmere 84.0 337 85.6 16.0 64 14.4
North Hertfordshire 86.6 453 90.0 13.4 70 10.0
Three Rivers 93.0 185 86.5 7.0 14 13.5
Watford 71.8 272 73.5 28.2 107 26.5
Ashford 96.5 411 94.0 3.5 15 6.0
Canterbury 96.1 370 93.3 3.9 15 6.7
Dartford 85.2 387 88.4 14.8 67 11.6
Dover 96.8 517 96.9 3.2 17 3.1
Gravesham 83.5 374 83.6 16.5 74 16.4
Maidstone 90.9 687 94.4 9.1 69 5.6
Sevenoaks 96.0 309 96.1 4.0 13 3.9
Shepway 96.1 344 94.8 3.9 14 5.2
Swale 97.5 636 96.8 2.5 16 3.2
Thanet 97.0 643 95.8 3.0 20 4.2
Tonbridge and Malling 94.9 467 96.3 5.1 25 3.7
Tunbridge Wells 92.5 540 95.2 7.5 44 4.8
Burnley 86.5 728 88.9 13.5 114 11.1
Chorley 96.8 547 97.1 3.2 18 2.9
Fylde 98.8 247 97.6 1.2 3 2.4
Hyndburn 94.8 543 89.2 5.2 30 10.8
Lancaster 97.2 932 95.7 2.8 27 4.3
Pendle 91.4 434 82.0 8.6 41 18.0
Preston 89.0 1,019 81.1 11.0 126 18.9
Ribble Valley 98.6 219 98.0 1.4 3 2.0
Rossendale 97.2 452 94.6 2.8 13 5.4
South Ribble 94.3 500 97.3 5.7 30 2.7
West Lancashire 97.5 663 98.2 2.5 17 1.8
Wyre 98.2 445 98.3 1.8 8 1.7
Blaby 95.3 388 91.4 4.7 19 8.6
Charnwood 93.3 694 87.6 6.7 50 12.4
Harborough 97.1 329 95.5 2.9 10 4.5
Hinckley and Bosworth 96.5 385 96.7 3.5 14 3.3
Melton 98.5 264 98.0 1.5 4 2.0
North West Leicestershire 95.1 627 97.7 4.9 32 2.3
Oadby and Wigston 88.2 172 73.4 11.8 23 26.6
Boston 94.5 579 97.0 5.5 34 3.0
East Lindsey 98.6 867 98.6 1.4 12 1.4
Lincoln 96.7 1,073 95.6 3.3 37 4.4
North Kesteven 99.3 433 98.3 0.7 3 1.7
South Holland 97.8 391 98.0 2.2 9 2.0
South Kesteven 98.4 619 97.5 1.6 10 2.5
West Lindsey 98.4 607 98.3 1.6 10 1.7
Breckland 97.2 582 97.6 2.8 17 2.4
Broadland 97.9 514 97.9 2.1 11 2.1
Great Yarmouth 98.5 509 97.1 1.5 8 2.9
King's Lynn and West Norfolk 98.5 679 97.5 1.5 10 2.5
North Norfolk withheld to protect confidentiality 437 98.7 withheld to protect confidentiality withheld to protect confidentiality 1.3
Norwich 93.1 1,081 91.3 6.9 80 8.7
South Norfolk 95.3 592 97.8 4.7 29 2.2
Corby 94.0 250 95.9 6.0 16 4.1
Daventry 95.1 372 96.7 4.9 19 3.3
East Northamptonshire 94.9 486 96.9 5.1 26 3.1
Kettering 95.2 473 94.3 4.8 24 5.7
Northampton 84.0 792 85.5 16.0 151 14.5
South Northamptonshire 98.1 306 97.2 1.9 6 2.8
Wellingborough 83.8 373 87.9 16.2 72 12.1
Craven 98.7 225 97.9 1.3 3 2.1
Hambleton 98.2 548 98.5 1.8 10 1.5
Harrogate 95.5 489 96.7 4.5 23 3.3
Richmondshire 98.1 310 95.7 1.9 6 4.3
Ryedale 98.1 310 98.8 1.9 6 1.2
Scarborough 98.3 747 97.8 1.7 13 2.2
Selby 96.7 413 98.6 3.3 14 1.4
Ashfield 96.8 901 97.9 3.2 30 2.1
Bassetlaw 97.5 732 97.5 2.5 19 2.5
Broxtowe 94.6 470 93.2 5.4 27 6.8
Gedling 86.2 376 93.7 13.8 60 6.3
Mansfield 97.3 994 97.5 2.7 28 2.5
Newark and Sherwood 96.4 698 97.7 3.6 26 2.3
Rushcliffe 91.8 293 93.6 8.2 26 6.4
Cherwell 91.6 567 92.8 8.4 52 7.2
Oxford 80.1 470 77.9 19.9 117 22.1
South Oxfordshire 93.3 403 96.3 6.7 29 3.7
Vale of White Horse 91.2 650 95.2 8.8 63 4.8
West Oxfordshire 95.8 387 97.1 4.2 17 2.9
Mendip 97.6 447 98.1 2.4 11 1.9
Sedgemoor 97.8 615 98.5 2.2 14 1.5
South Somerset 98.3 987 98.2 1.7 17 1.8
Taunton Deane 98.2 974 97.4 1.8 18 2.6
West Somerset 100.0 180 98.8 0.0 0 1.2
Cannock Chase 97.5 552 97.9 2.5 14 2.1
East Staffordshire 89.4 600 91.6 10.6 71 8.4
Lichfield 95.7 419 97.0 4.3 19 3.0
Newcastle-under-Lyme 96.1 733 95.1 3.9 30 4.9
South Staffordshire 96.9 562 96.2 3.1 18 3.8
Stafford 94.9 978 95.2 5.1 53 4.8
Staffordshire Moorlands 96.8 334 98.8 3.2 11 1.2
Tamworth 98.4 374 97.6 1.6 6 2.4
Babergh 97.1 395 98.0 2.9 12 2.0
Forest Heath 93.4 239 92.7 6.6 17 7.3
Ipswich 84.1 891 89.7 15.9 168 10.3
Mid Suffolk 97.4 406 98.1 2.6 11 1.9
St Edmundsbury 96.8 685 96.3 3.2 23 3.7
Suffolk Coastal 97.6 612 96.9 2.4 15 3.1
Waveney 95.0 479 97.9 5.0 25 2.1
Elmbridge 88.2 231 90.7 11.8 31 9.3
Epsom and Ewell 74.4 125 86.1 25.6 43 13.9
Guildford 90.3 438 91.1 9.7 47 8.9
Mole Valley 95.2 258 95.3 4.8 13 4.7
Reigate and Banstead 84.0 471 91.1 16.0 90 8.9
Runnymede 92.4 232 89.2 7.6 19 10.8
Spelthorne 89.5 248 87.8 10.5 29 12.2
Surrey Heath 89.9 186 90.6 10.1 21 9.4
Tandridge 94.4 220 94.1 5.6 13 5.9
Waverley 94.2 327 96.1 5.8 20 3.9
Woking 79.9 294 84.6 20.1 74 15.4
North Warwickshire 98.0 250 98.1 2.0 5 1.9
Nuneaton and Bedworth 95.3 703 91.8 4.7 35 8.2
Rugby 88.6 351 90.9 11.4 45 9.1
Stratford-on-Avon 96.6 651 97.6 3.4 23 2.4
Warwick 92.5 811 89.5 7.5 66 10.5
Adur 91.9 113 96.1 8.1 10 3.9
Arun 93.3 402 97.2 6.7 29 2.8
Chichester 93.7 492 97.0 6.3 33 3.0
Crawley 73.4 502 81.0 26.6 182 19.0
Horsham 94.1 399 96.3 5.9 25 3.7
Mid Sussex 91.4 414 95.3 8.6 39 4.7
Worthing 95.0 285 94.3 5.0 15 5.7
Bromsgrove 95.8 364 96.0 4.2 16 4.0
Malvern Hills 97.9 501 97.9 2.1 11 2.1
Redditch 94.2 504 93.0 5.8 31 7.0
Worcester 94.5 726 94.1 5.5 42 5.9
Wychavon 98.0 754 98.0 2.0 15 2.0
Wyre Forest 97.6 558 97.5 2.4 14 2.5
St Albans 79.3 315 89.0 20.7 82 11.0
Welwyn Hatfield 87.8 645 84.6 12.2 90 15.4
East Hertfordshire 91.9 546 95.7 8.1 48 4.3
Stevenage 88.6 271 88.6 11.4 35 11.4
Bolton 85.5 2,195 83.2 14.5 371 16.8
Bury 88.0 967 90.1 12.0 132 9.9
Manchester 60.1 2,390 68.0 39.9 1,590 32.0
Oldham 78.4 1,443 79.9 21.6 398 20.1
Rochdale 81.5 1,813 83.3 18.5 412 16.7
Salford 84.0 2,183 90.6 16.0 415 9.4
Stockport 92.1 970 92.7 7.9 83 7.3
Tameside 89.5 1,721 91.8 10.5 202 8.2
Trafford 80.8 907 86.5 19.2 215 13.5
Wigan 94.8 1,694 97.5 5.2 93 2.5
Knowsley 97.5 1,411 97.5 2.5 36 2.5
Liverpool 82.8 4,500 89.4 17.2 935 10.6
St. Helens 98.2 1,811 98.2 1.8 34 1.8
Sefton 95.8 1,655 97.7 4.2 73 2.3
Wirral 97.3 2,346 97.3 2.7 65 2.7
Barnsley 96.6 1,780 98.0 3.4 62 2.0
Doncaster 92.9 1,924 95.6 7.1 147 4.4
Rotherham 92.3 2,424 94.2 7.7 201 5.8
Sheffield 76.1 4,113 84.9 23.9 1,292 15.1
Newcastle upon Tyne 81.9 2,834 86.4 18.1 628 13.6
North Tyneside 95.9 1,719 96.9 4.1 74 3.1
South Tyneside 97.3 1,805 96.2 2.7 50 3.8
Sunderland 97.5 3,351 96.1 2.5 85 3.9
Birmingham 51.7 4,733 60.0 48.3 4,424 40.0
Coventry 71.4 1,695 74.4 28.6 680 25.6
Dudley 83.4 2,000 91.0 16.6 397 9.0
Sandwell 70.2 1,846 71.3 29.8 783 28.7
Solihull 87.1 606 89.8 12.9 90 10.2
Walsall 78.9 2,107 80.2 21.1 562 19.8
Wolverhampton 67.5 1,480 68.9 32.5 714 31.1
Bradford 76.3 3,408 70.0 23.7 1,057 30.0
Calderdale 94.3 1,301 90.7 5.7 78 9.3
Kirklees 69.4 1,573 80.7 30.6 695 19.3
Leeds 78.2 5,441 86.0 21.8 1,520 14.0
Wakefield 93.8 2,777 95.8 6.2 184 4.2
Gateshead 93.7 2,156 96.4 6.3 144 3.6
City of London 43.8 14 65.2 56.2 18 34.8
Barking and Dagenham 56.1 437 60.6 43.9 342 39.4
Barnet 51.2 344 64.5 48.8 328 35.5
Bexley 73.7 523 82.6 26.3 187 17.4
Brent 30.9 293 37.1 69.1 655 62.9
Bromley 72.4 708 85.1 27.6 270 14.9
Camden 50.3 555 66.6 49.7 548 33.4
Croydon 36.2 496 56.8 63.8 873 43.2
Ealing 35.1 350 50.1 64.9 648 49.9
Enfield 42.0 300 62.5 58.0 415 37.5
Greenwich 52.3 449 63.9 47.7 410 36.1
Hackney 49.5 863 56.3 50.5 882 43.7
Hammersmith and Fulham 49.0 490 68.1 51.0 511 31.9
Haringey 41.5 358 61.8 58.5 505 38.2
Harrow 36.0 127 43.3 64.0 226 56.7
Havering 83.7 518 88.3 16.3 101 11.7
Hillingdon 57.6 378 61.6 42.4 278 38.4
Hounslow 48.1 384 52.2 51.9 414 47.8
Islington 50.6 644 67.9 49.4 628 32.1
Kensington and Chelsea 44.1 331 70.5 55.9 419 29.5
Kingston upon Thames 68.4 236 75.0 31.6 109 25.0
Lambeth 34.6 484 58.6 65.4 916 41.4
Lewisham 36.7 460 55.6 63.3 793 44.4
Merton 47.6 210 65.6 52.4 231 34.4
Newham 23.3 173 30.2 76.7 568 69.8
Redbridge 45.8 175 43.9 54.2 207 56.1
Richmond upon Thames 73.5 363 86.4 26.5 131 13.6
Southwark 38.9 642 55.7 61.1 1,010 44.3
Sutton 75.2 410 79.6 24.8 135 20.4
Tower Hamlets 30.6 639 47.8 69.4 1,449 52.2
Waltham Forest 34.0 388 54.0 66.0 753 46.0
Wandsworth 46.8 375 71.5 53.2 427 28.5
Westminster 54.5 475 62.8 45.5 396 37.2

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Summary

This data shows that:

  • most local authorities (296 out of 326 where data was available) provided a higher number of social housing lettings to White households than to households from other ethnic groups
  • all local authorities that let more new social housing to ethnic minority households than White households were in London
  • the 10 local authorities with the largest over-representation of social housing for White households were all outside London (that is, White households made up a larger percentage of new social housing lettings than they did the general population)
  • the 10 local authorities with the largest under-representation of social housing for White households were all within London (that is, White households made up a smaller percentage of new social housing lettings than they did the general population)
  • all of the points above are unchanged from 2015/16

6. By ethnicity and age group

Percentage of new social housing lettings that are from each ethnic group, by age group
Ethnicity 16 - 17 yrs old 18 - 24 yrs old 25 - 29 yrs old 30 - 39 yrs old 40 - 49 yrs old 50 - 59 yrs old 60 - 69 yrs old 70 - 79 yrs old 80 + yrs old
% % % % % % % % %
Asian 1.5 12.7 15.0 33.0 19.8 8.2 5.6 2.6 1.4
Bangladeshi 0.6 13.3 18.1 34.5 21.0 7.1 3.0 1.4 1.1
Chinese 1.9 5.8 8.7 26.8 18.5 14.1 14.1 5.7 4.3
Indian 1.2 9.9 11.7 28.6 20.0 11.0 9.9 4.9 2.8
Pakistani 1.7 14.4 17.7 36.4 17.2 6.7 3.7 1.4 0.7
Asian other 2.2 12.8 12.3 31.2 22.3 8.7 6.2 3.0 1.3
Black 1.4 17.8 14.6 27.7 19.7 11.5 4.1 2.0 1.3
Black African 1.0 16.3 15.4 30.5 22.0 9.6 3.3 1.3 0.5
Black Caribbean 1.8 20.5 13.2 23.1 15.7 14.4 5.3 3.3 2.7
Black other 1.4 17.0 14.7 28.0 20.5 12.1 3.7 1.9 0.8
Mixed 3.5 28.4 17.3 25.2 13.2 7.0 3.3 1.6 0.6
Mixed White/Asian 4.8 25.8 16.5 26.2 13.7 7.5 3.6 1.4 0.6
Mixed White/Black African 2.4 21.4 12.4 27.6 18.5 8.1 5.3 3.3 0.9
Mixed White/Black Caribbean 4.0 36.0 20.1 21.7 9.4 5.8 1.6 0.9 0.4
Mixed other 2.4 18.9 15.3 30.4 16.9 8.4 5.1 2.0 0.6
White 1.7 19.6 13.7 18.8 13.6 12.3 10.1 5.8 4.3
White British 1.8 20.2 13.7 18.0 13.3 12.3 10.3 5.9 4.5
White Irish 0.5 11.3 8.5 15.9 14.9 15.6 15.2 11.6 6.5
White Gypsy/Traveller 2.1 17.0 16.0 28.5 15.3 9.6 6.4 3.6 1.6
White other 0.8 9.8 14.6 35.1 18.9 11.3 6.7 1.9 0.9
Other 2.5 14.9 13.7 31.9 19.6 9.5 4.8 2.1 1.1
Arab 3.2 15.2 14.3 34.1 19.0 8.2 3.5 1.6 0.9
Any other 2.2 14.8 13.5 31.0 19.8 9.9 5.4 2.3 1.2

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Summary

This data shows that:

  • the Mixed White and Black Caribbean ethnic group had the highest percentage of new lettings among the youngest households – 40.0% of lettings within that ethnic group went to those aged 16 to 24 years
  • the White Irish ethnic group had the highest percentage of new lettings among the oldest households – 6.5% of lettings within that ethnic group went to those aged 80 or older
  • All of the above points are unchanged from 2015/16

7. Methodology

The 3 main types of housing tenure in England are:

  • owner occupiers
  • private renters
  • social renters

This data refers to new lettings to social renters only. The data is based on the data collected from providers via the on-line Continuous Recording of Lettings and Sales in Social Housing in England (CORE) system. CORE was first set up in 1989 and initially only required private registered providers (PRPs) to submit social housing lettings and sales information to support the government’s regulatory function. CORE’s remit expanded in 2004 to include local authority information.

Some questions on the CORE questionnaire are not compulsory. In particular, data on household characteristics (age, sex, economic status, ethnicity and nationality) may not be available to the housing officer or may be refused by the tenant.

The totals for new lettings used in this data differs from other published totals for new lettings, as this data does not use estimated data for ethnicity and excludes those where ethnicity was refused.

Information on lettings of social housing in England is provided by local authorities and private registered providers (previously known as housing associations). Information about the tenancy, the tenants and the property is collected by data providers each time there is a new letting of a social housing property.

Weighting:

Weighting is used to adjust the results of a survey to make them representative of the population and improve their accuracy.

For example, a survey which contains 25% females and 75% males will not accurately reflect the views of the general population which we know is around 50% male and 50% female.

Data here has been weighted at the national level, but not at the regional or local authority area level. Weights are calculated for groups of similar local authorities, where these groups are defined by the Office of National Statistics UK area classifications, and they are based on the comparison with data from another Department for Communities and Local Government source on social housing data (Local Authority Housing Statistics).

For further information on weighting, see the Quality Report.

Suppression rules and disclosure control

Values of 1 or 2 have been suppressed, mainly to avoid possible risk of people’s identity being revealed. This is consistent with the way the confidentiality of data within the Continuous Recording (CORE) system is maintained.

The Continuous Recording (CORE) system records information anonymously and maintains absolute confidentiality on tenants’ circumstances. Access to record-level information is only available through a licence agreement.

Further information on CORE disclosure practices can be found on the CORE website (PDF).

Rounding

Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal place. Due to rounding, some totals may not add up to 100%.

Quality and methodology information

8. Data sources

Source

Type of data

Administrative data

Type of statistic

National Statistics

Publisher

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Publication frequency

Yearly

Purpose of data source

The aim of Continuous Recording of Lettings and Sales in Social Housing in England (CORE) is to provide information about new social housing lettings, sales, tenants and buyers across England.

This national information is used by government bodies and organisations to inform social housing funding, regulatory and housing policy decisions.

9. Download the data

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This file contains the following: ethnicity, income, geography, age, value, numerator, population estimate