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Statistics providing national and sub-national estimates of household numbers and projections for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland and for the English Regions. Projections for England are also available by household type and by age, gender and marital status of the householder.

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2011 Census
Department: Office for National Statistics
2011 Census statistics provide a rich source of information about the number, distribution and characteristics of the population in England and Wales. The statistics are used to understand similarities and differences in the population locally, regionally and nationally. This information underpins the allocation of billions of pounds of public money to provide services like education, transport and health. Decisions are taken every day using census statistics.
Affordable Housing Provision in Wales, Analysis
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Bulletin presents further data on affordable housing in Wales.
Affordable Housing Starts and Completions funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Greater London Authority
Department: Communities and Local Government
Starts and completions of affordable housing for England, bringing together those funded by the HCA and those funded by the GLA
Affordable Housing Supply, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
This release presents data on affordable housing supply in England. This was previously entitled 'Gross Affordable Housing Supply’ and has been renamed to 'Affordable Housing Supply’. This is following an assessment recommendation by the UK Statistics Authority in order to align the naming conventions used across the Publication Hub and the DCLG website. This should help users to find comparable releases over time. The scope and definitions of the statistics have not been changed.
Affordable Housing Survey: A review of the quality of affordable housing in England
Department: Communities and Local Government
A survey of the design quality, as measured by CABE Building For Life criteria, of affordable housing in England, commissioned by the Homes and Communities Agency.
Affordable Housing in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release presents data on affordable housing in Wales.
Atlas of Deprivation: England
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Indices of Multiple Deprivation for England combine a number of areas, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues into a single deprivation score for each Lower Layer Super Output Area in England. The Atlas of Deprivation allows a map visualisation of the overall LSOA deprivation score (rank) and the score (rank) for each of the seven domains by local authority.
Attitudes to Housing: Findings from Ipsos MORI Public Affairs Monitor Omnibus Survey (England)
Department: Communities and Local Government
Public attitudes towards housing issues.
Baselines for DSO Indicators 2.10 and 2.11 (Supporting People)
Department: Communities and Local Government
Data submitted by Administering Authorities for the four quarters has been validated and used to derive nationals baseline figures for DSO indicators 2.10 and 2.11 (Supporting People).
Census 2001 Commentaries by theme and region
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census paints a big picture of society and is a benchmark at the start of the 21st Century. Census 2001 commentaries look in a little more depth at the 'big picture' for the UK, and provide commentary on aspects of a topic in England and Wales as a whole, and on topics in Wales or the English regions. The counts that the commentaries are based on come from the Key Statistics for local authorities in England and Wales released in February 2003.
Census 2001 Key Statistics
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census 2001 Key Statistics series of reports provide a compact and self-contained reference of key results from the Census in an easily digestible form. Each report includes results for every topic covered by the Census, for a range of different geographical breakdowns of England and Wales.
Census 2001 Local Authority Profiles
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census 2001 population profiles collect key figures from the first major reports on the 2001 Census - the 'key statistics for local authorities in England and Wales' - originally released in February 2003. This snapshot of the resident population provides population totals by age and sex and summary profile information covering People, Places and Families, Ethnicity and Religion, Health, Work and Housing.
Census 2001 Local authority thematic maps
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census 2001 thematic maps illustrate the distribution of a selection of the key statistics from the Census, for local authorities throughout England and Wales.
Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales contains detailed statistical tables that cover the range of topics from the 2001 Census. Released in two parts, the report contains results for England and Wales as a whole, in a variety of tables. Standard tables provide cross-tabulation of two or more variables, theme tables bring together a range of results on a particular population and supplementary tables provide further information on some individual variables.
Census 2001 Report for Parliamentary Constituencies
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census 2001 Report for parliamentary constituencies provides a compact and self-contained reference of key results for constituencies throughout the UK. The constituency profiles are a summary of the main Census indicators for each consituency, with more detailed results available on the CD accompanying the printed report. Results are provided for European Electoral Regions, Scottish Parliamentary Regions and Parliamentary Constituencies in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Census 2001 Summary theme figures and rankings
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Census 2001 Summary theme figures and rankings provide counts and rankings on aspects of a topic for each local authority in England and Wales. Each local authority has an England and Wales ranking, and local authorities are also grouped into Government Office Regions to provide a regional ranking. The counts and rankings are based on figures from the Key Statistics for local authorities in England and Wales which was originally released in February 2003.
Code for Sustainable Homes
Department: Communities and Local Government
Statistics on the number of dwellings that have been certified to the standards set out in the Code Technical Guide, in which local authority area, at which Code level and whether the homes are registered as private or public sector homes. This will also include the average SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) energy efficiency rating of newly constructed dwellings in England and Wales, and the averages for each region and each dwelling type.
Code for Sustainable Homes and Energy Performance of Buildings
Department: Communities and Local Government
Statistics on the number of dwellings that have been certified to the standards set out in the Code Technical Guide, in which local authority area, at which Code level and whether the homes are registered as private or public sector. Statistics on Energy Performance Certificates are based on SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) energy efficiency ratings of dwellings in England and Wales, with breakdown by region and dwelling type.
Continuous Household Survey Bulletin
Department: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
The Bulletin provides summary information as well as some trend data from previous years. It includes information on - smoking, household composition, debt, internet access, health, sport and leisure, environmental issues, mobile phones and job applications.
Council house sales, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Data on council house sales.
Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
DHPs may be awarded when an LA considers that a LA considers that a housing benefit claimant requires further financial assistance towards housing costs.
Dwelling Stock Estimates for Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release presents data on total dwelling stock estimates by type of tenure and local authority.
English House Condition Survey
Department: Communities and Local Government
Headline findings about living conditions.
English Housing Survey
Department: Communities and Local Government
The survey collects information about people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England.
English Housing Survey Energy Efficiency of English Housing Report
Department: Communities and Local Government
Detailed findings from the English Housing Survey on the energy efficiency of housing in England.
English Housing Survey Fire and Fire Safety Report
Department: Communities and Local Government
Detailed findings from the English Housing Survey on fire and fire safety, including hazards.
English Housing Survey Headline Report
Department: Communities and Local Government
Information about people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England.
English Housing Survey Households Report
Department: Communities and Local Government
Detailed findings from the English Housing Survey on people's housing circumstances.
English Housing Survey Profile of English Housing Report
Department: Communities and Local Government
Detailed findings from the English Housing Survey on the type and condition of housing in England.
Equality Data for Social Housing Tenants in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Bulletin shows data by ethnicity, age and gender.
Families and Households
Department: Office for National Statistics
Presents estimates of families by type, including married and cohabiting couple families and lone parents. Tables on household size and household types are also provided.
Family Resources Survey - Technical Report
Department: Office for National Statistics
Technical aspects of the Family Resources Survey including the background and history of the survey, the sample design, survey procedures and data delivery.
Family Resources Survey Reports (Northern Ireland)
Department: Social Development (Northern Ireland)
Information collected from the Family Resources Survey.
General Household Survey.
Department: Office for National Statistics
An inter-departmental multi-purpose survey collecting information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain.
General Lifestyle Survey
Department: Office for National Statistics
An inter-departmental multi-purpose survey collecting information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain.
Gross Affordable Housing Supply, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
This release presents data on affordable housing supply in England. This was previously entitled 'Gross Affordable Housing Supply’ and has been renamed to 'Affordable Housing Supply’. This is following an assessment recommendation by the UK Statistics Authority in order to align the naming conventions used across the Publication Hub and the DCLG website. This should help users to find comparable releases over time. The scope and definitions of the statistics have not been changed.
Help to Buy (Equity Loan Scheme)
Department: Communities and Local Government
Monthly statistics on Help to Buy (Equity Loan Scheme).
Help to Buy (Equity Loan Scheme) and Newbuy statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Statistics on both Help to Buy (Equity Loan Scheme) and Newbuy.
Help to Buy (equity loan) scheme and Help to Buy: NewBuy statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Statistics on both Help to Buy (Equity Loan Scheme) and Newbuy.
Homelessness Prevention and Relief
Department: Communities and Local Government
Homelessness Prevention and Relief data
Homelessness in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Presents data on the number of homeless in Wales.
Homes and Communities Agency Housing Statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Starts and completions of affordable housing under HCA schemes (excluding London)
Homes and Communities Agency National Housing Statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Starts and completions of affordable housing under HCA schemes.
House Building Statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
House building starts and completions statistics by tenure .
House Price Index
Department: Communities and Local Government
Mix-adjusted house prices, a chain linked index and measures of annual inflation.
House Price Index
Department: Office for National Statistics
The House Price Index (HPI) is a monthly output based on mortgage completions data from the Regulated Mortgage Survey (RMS).
House Price Index Guidance
Department: Office for National Statistics
The House Price Index (HPI) is a monthly output based on mortgage completions data from the Regulated Mortgage Survey (RMS).
Household Estimates for Scotland
Department: National Records of Scotland
Household estimates by local authority area, including information on household type and numbers of vacant dwellings.
Household Estimates for Wales
Department: Welsh Government
The report explains what household estimates are, how they should and shouldn’t be used, the approach taken and the broad methods used. This includes a results section comparing and contrasting patterns across all local authorities.
Household Projections for National Parks in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Household projections provide estimates of future household numbers.
Household Projections for Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Household projections provide estimates of the future numbers of households and are based on population projections and assumptions about household composition and characteristics.
Households Below Average Income Reports (Northern Ireland)
Department: Social Development (Northern Ireland)
Provides information on potential living standards, as determined by disposable income.
Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit Speed of Processing
Department: Work and Pensions
Statistics on the average number of days to process (i) new (ii) change of circumstances of HB / CTB claims. Note: Prior to Oct 2011 this was named HB/CTB Right Time Indicator.
Housing Benefit Speed of Processing
Department: Work and Pensions
Statistics on the average number of days to process (i) new (ii) change of circumstances of HB / CTB claims. Note: Prior to Oct 2011 this was named HB/CTB Right Time Indicator.
Housing Demolitions and Hazards in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Presents data on dwellings demolished and hazards found.
Housing Health and Safety Rating System
Department: Welsh Government
This Statstical Release presents information on dwelling demolihed or closed in Wales
Housing Management in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release has now been replaced by two separate releases titled 'Social Housing Stock, Lettings and Vacancies' and 'Social Housing Rents and Rent Arrears'.
Housing Statistics Summary
Department: Communities and Local Government
Provides an estimate of the number of households in England.
Housing Statistics for Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
Routine update of housing statistics web tables plus summary of key trends
Housing Statistics for Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
Routine update of housing statistics web tables and summary of key trends.
Housing Statistics, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Presents the results from the Survey of English Housing.
Housing Statistics, Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Presents key facts about Welsh Housing.
Housing Stock, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Information on the housing stock in England.
Housing and Planning Statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Compendium of housing and planning statistics covering most aspects of housing and planning in England
Housing in England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Housing data on tenure, owner occupation and the social rented sector; principle source of information about the private sector.
Index of Private Housing Rental Prices
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Index of Private Housing Rental Prices (IPHRP) is a quarterly experimental price index. It tracks the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain.
Integrated Household Survey
Department: Office for National Statistics
The largest social survey ever produced by the ONS. The survey takes responses from current ONS household surveys and contains information from over 400,000 individual respondents.
Local Authority Average Weekly Rents By District, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Presents information on the average weekly rents for rented local authority dwellings in England.
Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure
Department: Scottish Government
Summary information on local authority housing income and expenditure including stock levels and average rents.
Local Authority Housing Statistics: Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) and Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA)
Department: Communities and Local Government
Social Housing Statistics
Local Child Poverty Proxy Measure
Department: Work and Pensions
The proportion of children living in families in receipt of out of work benefits for each local authority in England.
Measuring National Well-being
Department: Office for National Statistics
Measures of National Well-being. Drawing social and economic data from government and other organisations; painting a picture of UK society and how it changes.
Measuring Sexual Identity : Evaluation Report
Department: Office for National Statistics
This is an evaluation based on the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) experimental data, collected between April 2009 - March 2010.
Mortgage Rescue Scheme Monitoring Statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Statistics submitted to CLG by local authorities on the Mortgage Rescue Scheme
Mortgage and landlord possession statistics, England and Wales
Department: Justice
The quarterly releases present statistics on possession actions issued in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords in England and Wales. Note that the figures represent court actions for possession and not actual homes repossessed, as not all possession orders are enforced.
Net Supply of Housing for England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Net additional dwellings.
Net Supply of Housing for England and the Regions
Department: Communities and Local Government
Net additional dwellings.
New House Building - Quarterly Update
Department: Scottish Government
Quarterly time series data on Scottish starts and completions by sector from 1980.
New House Building and Sales of Social Housing
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release present information on new house building for all tenures and sales of social housing in Wales.
New House Building in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Release presents data on houses built by all tenures.
New Housebuilding, Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Provides statistics on the number of new dwellings started and completed in Wales.
NewBuy Guarantee Scheme Statistics
Department: Communities and Local Government
Data on the NewBuy Guarantee Scheme setting out the extent of government's contingent liability under the scheme, government's expenditure to date against claims made under the scheme, and the number of transactions completed under the scheme.
Northern Ireland Household Projections
Department: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Household Projections for Northern Ireland by Household Type and Size
Northern Ireland Housing Statistics
Department: Social Development (Northern Ireland)
Statistics on housing compiled by Department for Social Development Housing Division and Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Northern Ireland Quarterly Housing Bulletin
Department: Social Development (Northern Ireland)
Information on new house sales and prices, actions for mortgage possessions, and new housing starts.
Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
Applications, numbers in temporary accommodation, and snapshot of characteristics of applicants and local authority responses.
Opinions and Lifestyle Survey
Department: Office for National Statistics
An omnibus survey that collects information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain.
Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK and EU
Department: Office for National Statistics
Compares the at-risk-of-poverty and social exclusion rates for the UK and EU between 2005 and 2011.
Private Landlord Survey
Department: Communities and Local Government
The 2010 Private Landlord Survey is a national survey of landlords and managing agents who own and/or manage privately rented properties in England. The aim of the survey is to provide a snap-shot of the composition and experience of landlords and how they (together with any agent) acquire, let, manage and maintain privately rented accommodation.
Private Registered Provider Social Housing Stock in England: Statistical Data Return
Department: Communities and Local Government
This annual survey is run by the Homes and Communities Agency and is completed by all Private Registered Providers of social housing in England. It includes data on size and type of home, location, and rents over the year. Additional data for providers with 1,000 homes or more includes further detail on acquisitions, sales and lettings.
Private Sector Renewal in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Provides statistics on Private Sector Renewal Activity funded by local authorities in Wales.
Projections of Households at Local Authority Level
Department: Communities and Local Government
Household projections and estimates.
Projections of Households in England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Indicate the number of additional households that would form if demographic trends continued.
Quarterly Right to Buy Sales - England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Total Right to Buy sales by quarter
Regional Snapshot
Department: Office for National Statistics
Provides access to a wide range of information in different areas of the UK
Regional Trends
Department: Office for National Statistics
Regional Trends is a comprehensive regular source of official statistics for the Statistical Regions of the UK (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Government Office Regions within England). It includes a wide range of demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics, covering aspects of life in the regions.
Regional Trends Online Tables
Department: Office for National Statistics
Regional Trends Online Tables is a comprehensive regular source of official statistics for the Statistical Regions of the UK (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Government Office Regions within England). It includes a wide range of demographic, social, industrial, and economic statistics, covering aspects of life in the regions.
Registered Social Landlord average weekly rents, England
Department: Communities and Local Government
Presents information on the average weekly rents for rented Registered Social Landlord dwellings by local authority district, county and region in England.
Registered Social Landlords Statutory Sales in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Provides statistics on the number of statutory sales of Registered Social Landlord (RSL) dwellings completed in Wales.
Registered Social Landlords Stock Estimates in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Presents summary stock holding figures for all Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Wales.

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Overview

A household is defined as a person living alone or a group of people living together at the same address and with common housekeeping.

Statistics are produced to measure not only numbers of households and their composition, but also the proportion of people in households by household type, for example the number of people living alone. In Great Britain the proportion of people living alone has roughly doubled since 1971. There has been a similar increase in one family lone parent households. The largest decrease is for one family couple households with dependent children.

Household projections indicate what might happen if past demographic changes were to continue into the future. The total number of households in Great Britain is projected to rise to around 28 million by 2016, and almost 29 million by 2021.

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Technical Data

Statistical data on households and their members are derived from two main sources: the Census and several continuous government household surveys.

Every decade, the Census provides a detailed breakdown (for county, borough, local authority and ward level) of the number of households in the UK by household type, by housing tenure and by age and ethnicity of the main householder. In between censuses, reliable and regular household estimates can only be determined down to regional level – from surveys such as the Labour Force Survey.

Household estimates and projections for the constituent countries of the UK are derived in different ways. In England, household projections are published by the Department for Communities and Local Government using the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Sub-National Population Projections. The projections are trend-based and indicate the number of additional households that might be expected if recent demographic trends were to continue.

Projections for Wales are produced by the Welsh Assembly Government; for Scotland by the General Register Office for Scotland; and for Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency.

The main government household surveys are the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the General Household Survey (GHS), the Family Resources Survey (FRS) and the new English Housing Survey (EHS). Each of these surveys has its own unique focus.

Data from the LFS provides a large sample of all people in households and gives UK-wide coverage of all major family types. The LFS has provided full and comprehensive family data since 1996 when its relationship matrix was introduced.

The GHS is a survey of households in Great Britain and was first carried out in 1971. It provides household and family data over a longer period of time than the LFS; linked to a range of other questions on household activities and expenditure.

The FRS, launched in 1992, is a survey commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to meet the specific information needs of DWP. With a target number of about 24,000 fully co-operating households per annum, comprehensive information can be derived from the FRS to provide statistical estimates of benefit uptake and financial status of specific groups, often at regional level.

The EHS is a new survey of households in England run by Communities and Local Government (CLG).  It started in April 2008 and represents a merger of two surveys: the Survey of English Housing (SEH) and the English House Condition Survey (EHCS). About 17,000 household interviews are to be targeted each year.

In 2008, ONS launched a new Integrated Household Survey which, when fully operational, will see the LFS, GHS and EHS (and others) operating as modules within the IHS umbrella. This project should result in more robust and reliable annual estimates of household characteristics at sub-regional level in between censuses.

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Glossary

  • Dependent child

    Defined in the census, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the General Household Survey (GHS), as a child living with their parent or parents, who is under 16 years old or aged 16 to 18 in full-time education. It does not include any children who have a spouse, partner or child living in the household.

  • Family

    A married or cohabiting couple with or without children or a lone parent. Children may be dependent or non-dependent. In the General Household Survey (GHS) and Census, cohabiting couple families include same-sex couples. A family can also consist of a grandparent or grandparents with a grandchild or grandchildren if the parents of the child or children do not usually live in the household. In the 2001 Census, less than 1 per cent of all families were a grandparent family.

  • Household

    A person living alone or a group of people living at the same address as their only (or main) residence and who share meals and/or living accommodation. The 2001 Census, for instance, defined a household as those who either share one meal a day or share the living accommodation. Although definitions differ slightly across surveys and the census, they are very similar. Households do not include people living in communal (or institutional) establishments.

  • Household head

    The old-fashioned definition of ’head of household’ was replaced in 2001/2 with the concept of ‘household reference person’ (or HRP). The HRP is the householder – either the owner or tenant. If there are joint owners or joint tenants, whichever of them has the highest income is selected; and if incomes are equal, the oldest person is chosen.

  • Lone parent family

    2001 Census definition: a father or mother living with his or her child or children, provided the child does not have a spouse, partner or a child of their own in the household. A lone parent family can also be a grandparent with a grandchild or grandchildren, provided the child or children have no parents living in the household. LFS definition: a lone parent living with his or her never-married child or children, provided the child has no child of their own living with them. GHS definition: one parent, regardless of sex, living with his or her never-married dependent child or children, provided the child has no children of their own in the household.

  • Non-dependent children

    Children aged 16 and over living with their parent or parents who have no spouse, partner or child living in the household. The definition does not include those aged 16 to 18 in full-time education, who are dependent children.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

David Wall

Email: david.wall@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7944 3301

Communities & Local Government 2/A2 Eland House Bressenden Street London SW1E 5DU

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