New social housing lettings


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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

2. Things you need to know

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

Not included in the data

The data 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.

The ethnic groups used in the data

Data is shown for the 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census


You can read the quality and methodology report

Values of 1 or 2 have been suppressed, mainly to avoid possible risk of people’s identity being revealed. Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal place so some totals may not add up to 100%.

In the data file

You can download the data for figures by: * income * area * age

3. 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

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV)

4. Data sources


Type of data

Administrative data

Type of statistic

National Statistics


Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Publication frequency


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

5. Download the data

New Social Housing Lettings - Spreadsheet (csv) 261 KB

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