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Fifteen years of the Survey of English Housing: 1993-94 to 2007-08

Published 29 September 2009
Type(s) Statistics, Reports and summaries
Site Corporate
Product code 09ACST06085
ISBN 9781409819066
Price Free

Summary

A short report presenting some initial outputs from the SEH15 dataset, a new dataset which combines key household level data from each of the fifteen annual SEH datasets from 1993-94 to 2007-08. Its purpose is to bring the dataset to the attention of the research community and to highlight the type of analysis that can be undertaken.

The SEH15 dataset will be available from the UK Data Archive (UKDA) later in the autumn of 2009. The documentation that will accompany the SEH15 dataset will contain full details of the variables in the dataset including the years for which they are available.

  • Over the 15-year period the private rented sector saw a greater shift in economic status than the other two tenures. The much greater rise in the proportion of private renters in employment, compared to social renters or owner occupiers, was probably due to the greater number of younger households moving into private renting instead of homeownership. This is also reflected in a decline in the proportion of private renters who were retired.
  • Households in London had a higher rate of overcrowding than any other region throughout the SEH15 period. By tenure, London's social rented sector had the highest rate while the overcrowding rate in the private rented sector almost doubled.
  • Levels of under-occupation increased over the SEH15 period. Under-occupation was more prevalent among owner occupiers than amongst renters, and the increase in levels of under-occupation over the whole period was entirely due to a large rise in under-occupation in the owner occupied sector. The rate of under-occupancy in the two rented sectors was largely unchanged.

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