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    Information released by the Office for National Statistics has found that proportionally social homes were four times more likely to be overcrowded than owner occupied homes in England and Wales. Global Financial Crisis Concept

    Overcrowding was most common in socially rented homes at 8.7% of the overall social home registered.

    Data analysts for the ONS have said they believe the prevalence of overcrowding in rented accommodation could be due to affordability, with renters remaining in smaller accommodation to save for a mortgage and with many suitable rental accommodations being unavailable reports Inside Housing.

    Over two thirds of those living in overcrowded accommodation were households who had dependent children.  The census data also found that there were 16.1 million households with at least one spare bedroom, of which 8.1 million had one spare bedroom and a further 8.1 million had two or more spare bedrooms.

    Over half of socially rented households had the national number of bedrooms for the size of the household and number of people living there.

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    April 22, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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