Stats show increase in social housing stock in England

Private registered providers of social housing reported owning 2,995,569 units to the Regulator – a 2% increase since 2018.

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Private registered providers of social housing in England have increased the amount of social housing stock that they own or managed compared to last years figures, according to the first release of the Statistical Data Return (SDR) 2018-19.

Published today (19th September), by the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH), the stats are collated from annual returns submitted by private registered providers (PRPs) of social housing in England.

Following a call for user views between May and July 2019, this year’s SDR results are being made available in three releases, with the next phase due later this month.

This first release focuses on the social housing stock at 31 March 2019, as well as examining changes to stock owned in the sector since 2012.

A total of 1,409 providers completed this year’s return – with an overall response rate of 96% for the 2018-19 SDR, while 100% of large registered providers who own 1,000 or more units/ bedspaces (including Affordable Rent units) completed the return.

Key points include:

  • Private registered providers of social housing (PRPs) reported owning 2,995,569 units/bedspaces on 31 March 2019 (including social and non-social tenures) – a 2% increase since 31 March 2018
  • 85% of stock owned by PRPs on 31 March 2019 was low cost rental stock (2,567,063 units/ bedspaces)
  • There were 20,900 more low cost rentals (including Affordable Rent) units/bedspaces on 31 March 2019 than on 31 March 2018 (a 1% increase since 2018). This overall increase was driven by an 11% increase in Affordable Rent units
  • An additional 11,299 units/bedspaces of low cost home ownership (LCHO) were reported as owned by PRPs on 31 March 2019 compared to 2018 (an increase of 6%). The rate of increase in LCHO has been speeding up since 2017

Commenting on the first batch of figures, Fiona MacGregor, CEO of RSH said: “The first release of this year’s Statistical Data Return, demonstrates how the social housing sector continues to change and grow.

“We hope that the data, now in a new format, is more accessible and continues to support our stakeholders in understanding key trends in the sector.

“We welcome feedback on how we can make further improvements.”

The final release providing all SDR data will be published on 10th October.

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