Ethnicity of households – exposing the myth!

The English Housing Survey 2010/11 has been published today (5 July 2012) and this details a huge array of household statistics.  It will take weeks to digest and comment on all of them but a quick look at the figures and data rather than the comment is very interesting.

‘Bloody’ immigrants get all the council houses?  – Really?

How many times have you heard that immigrants or words to that effect?  Often probably and the EHS shows definitively we can put that inherently racist charge to bed by looking at the actual data.  The source and reference for this is here and look at Tab ATI.3 for the data.  The table below puts this in simple and easily readable form.

Table 1 – Ethnicity of head of household

BRITISH / IRISH

OTHER NATIONALITY

OWNED OUTRIGHT

98.30%

1.6%

BUYING WITH MORTGAGE

95.90%

3.8%

ALL OWNERS

97.10%

2.7%

COUNCIL

92.25%

7.8%

HOUSING ASSOCIATION

94.40%

5.5%

ALL SOCIAL HOUSING

93.30%

6.6%

PRIVATE RENTED

76.70%

22.6%

OVERALL PERCENTAGE

93.10%

6.7%

The overall percentage of ‘other nationalities’ is 6.7% and yet 6.6% reside in the social rented sector (SRS) or all social housing as stated above.  This means social housing accommodates LESS than the national average of ‘other nationalities’.

Contrast this with the private rented sector and we see 22.6% of all households renting there to be not British or Irish – almost one in four and almost four times the national average.

In summary (and in language the misguided bigots can read) council and/or social housing does NOT house the immigrant.  Please direct your bile at private rented housing.

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4 thoughts on “Ethnicity of households – exposing the myth!

  1. The figures you quote do not show the ethnicity of the head of the household, as you claim. Is “British” even an ethnicity? They actually show the nationality of the head of the household, as the table makes clear.

    Being a British or Irish citizen does not prevent a person being an immigrant. An immigrant is a person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another. It’s possible for an immigrant also to become a citizen of the country where they settle. Hence, a person in the UK can be an immigrant and also have British nationality.

    Perhaps a more pertinent question is why it should matter whether a person in the social rented sector is an immigrant or not, as long as (regardless of the country they were born in) they have obtained the property legally and honestly.

    1. Agree and especially with your last sentence – why should it matter? It shouldnt matter one jot. The overall point was to destroy the myth and particularly when you look at PRS levels it does that dramatically

  2. In my area (Haringey) they have admitted that almost half of all social homes have been given to foreign nationals in the last few years. That is why Labour MP Frank Field wants the system changed, so the “myths” are not all incorrect!

  3. Jane – I have no knowledge of exact allocations in social housing in Haringey or any area for that matter. A quick check sees a 2009 figures showing Haringey has 34% of its population deemed BME and so allocations there may reflect the local popultion. I also recall some data which said that over 40% of the BME population of the UK reside in London (anyone with more accurate figures or links appreciated.) Figures will vary across the country and Im sure there will be areas with higher than average allocations by ethnicity. My point was the average national picture and the myth that non-British people receive more of social housing than the British indigent population.

    Jane, if you have any official allocation figures on Haringey or if anyone knows where such figures exist for all local authority areas please let me know

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