In England, 2,667,118.00% of Housing Benefit claimants are in the Social Rented Sector, compared with an average of 296,346.78% for All English regions and 2,667,118.00% nationally. Areas with a relatively higher use of social rented housing are likely to see more residents affected by the social sector size criteria (also known as the ‘spare room subsidy’ or the ‘bedroom tax’). Social housing residents are also more likely to be impacted by multiple reforms, as residents of social housing are more likely to be older, in poor health and out of work – so more likely to be affected by changes to disability benefits and uprating reforms.
In England, 7.0% of dwellings are owned by the authority, compared with an average of 7.0% for England. Another 10.4% is provided by private registered providers such as Housing Associations.
The availability of social housing, and its affordability, are also key indicators of an area’s ability to manage impacts. Where there is low availability, it is more likely that residents impacted by reforms will need to be accommodated in the private rent sector and potentially outside the Local Authority.
The number of households on England's housing waiting list was 1,183,779 households, a fall since the previous period when there were 1,240,855 households on the waiting list and gives a rate of 51.5 per 1,000 households. This compares with a rate of 66.2 per 1,000 households in All English regions and 51.5 per 1,000 households in England.