Vulnerable households going into social housing
Last updated 4 March 2021 - see all updates
1. Main facts and figures
- in 2017 to 2018, 27.9% of new social housing lettings were given to vulnerable households with a priority need (counting those where ethnicity was known)
- for all ethnic groups except the Bangladeshi group, homelessness was the most common reason why vulnerable households were given priority for social housing
- for Bangladeshi households, the most common reason for being given priority for social housing was living in unsanitary, unsatisfactory or overcrowded conditions
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data measures the number and percentage of new lettings in social housing given to vulnerable households. A household is deemed vulnerable if the people living there:
- are homeless
- need to move for medical reasons or for their wellbeing, including reasons relating to a disability
- need to move to a particular location in the district of the housing authority, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship
- are in unsanitary or overcrowded housing, or otherwise living in unsatisfactory housing conditions
The information relates to households of either one person or a group of people sharing cooking facilities and a living room or dining area. It must be their main or only home.
Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
Not included in the data
Data is not shown if there are only 1 or 2 people in a particular ethnic group. This is to protect people’s confidentiality.
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for the 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census.
Each household’s ethnic group is the ethnicity of the main tenant. For a joint tenancy, the main tenant is the person who is either employed, or unemployed and looking for work. If both tenants have the same employment status, the main tenant is the oldest person.
The ethnicity of the main tenant was not known for 5% of all new social housing lettings.
Read the detailed methodology document for the data used on this page.
The data has been weighted so it is representative of the population of England. Read more about how weighting is used to make data more representative of the whole group being studied.
3. By ethnicity and type of priority need
|Hardship||Homelessness||Insanitary/Unsatisfactory Housing||Medical Welfare||Multiple|
|Ethnicity||Hardship %||Hardship Number||Homelessness %||Homelessness Number||Insanitary/Unsatisfactory Housing %||Insanitary/Unsatisfactory Housing Number||Medical Welfare %||Medical Welfare Number||Multiple %||Multiple Number|
|Mixed White/Black African||13.9||61||39.4||173||25.3||111||16.4||72||5.0||22|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||14.5||166||44.7||513||22.8||262||14.5||166||3.5||40|
Download table data for ‘By ethnicity and type of priority need’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity and type of priority need’ (CSV)
Summary of Vulnerable households going into social housing By ethnicity and type of priority need Summary
This data shows that:
overall, 37.1% of vulnerable households were given priority due to homelessness, 25.0% for medical reasons, 21.5% due to living in unsanitary or unsatisfactory conditions, 14.1% for hardship, and 2.4% for more than one of these reasons
for all ethnic groups except the Bangladeshi group, homelessness was the most common reason for giving a vulnerable household priority for social housing
48.8% of vulnerable Arab households were given priority because of homelessness, the highest percentage of any ethnic group
for vulnerable Bangladeshi households, the most common reason they were given priority was the need to move out of unsanitary, unsatisfactory or overcrowded conditions, which accounted for 48.4% of lettings
4. Data sources
Social housing lettings in England: April 2017 to March 2018
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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.
Because the data on this page only includes lettings where the tenant reported their ethnicity, the figures published here may be different from other published figures on social housing. These figures have not been published separately by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
5. Download the data
This files contains the following: Measure, Time, Time_type, Ethnicity, Ethnicity_type, Reasonable Preference, Value, Numerator