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Southwark's council homes

A little while back, the council published the figures for council tenants/leaseholders ratio in council owned homes.

A few weeks ago, the council responded to a Freedom of Information request which asked for detailed information about the tenancies ratio in council-owned homes.

We hope to, in the new year, gather historical information about tenancies in Southwark, to see whether there are any significant factors or patterns. The data provided is still interesting.

The council currently owns a total of 52,006 homes. This figure includes 2,345 listed for the Aylesbury Estate, as well as the 1,035 on the Elmington Estate, both of which are currently being demolished to make room for housing association and private homes. On its own, 52,006 homes doesn't sound too bad. When you, however, consider that Southwark used to own 92,000 homes, this figure is considerably less impressive, perhaps even more so in the context of relentless, violent and very deliberate demolition of council homes in the name of 'regenerations'.

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(image borrowed from minutes of Bermondsey West Forum meeting)

Out of the 52,006, 37,994 are occupied by council tenants, 14,062 by leaseholders.

39,087 of all council-owned homes are on council estates.

The largest number of homes (both council and leasehold) are in SE15 (11,410), followed by SE1 (10,852) and SE17 (9,626).

Largest number of council tenancies is in SE15 (8,912), SE17 (7,337) and SE1 (7,334).

Largest number of leasehold homes are in SE1 (3,518), SE15 (2,498) and SE17 (2,289).

Total homes owned by council Council tenants Leaseholders Total
Postcode not known 1 0 1
SE15 8912 2498 11410
SE17 7337 2289 9626
SE16 5472 1918 7390
SE5 5664 2113 7777
SE11 181 74 255
SE22 1610 691 2301
SE1 7334 3518 10852
SE21 657 340 997
SE8 148 83 231
SE19 48 31 79
SE26 24 18 42
SE24 331 277 608
DA14 13 11 24
SE14 40 35 75
SE23 172 166 338
Total 37944 14062 52006

We then looked at what percentage of homes in individual postcodes were occupied by council tenants. The ratio refers to council tenancies both on council estates and other council-owned homes.

  Council tenancies %
Postcode not known 100
SE15 78.1
SE17 76.22
SE16 74.04
SE5 72.83
SE11 70.98
SE22 69.96
SE1 67.58
SE21 65.89
SE8 64.06
SE19 60.75
SE26 57.14
SE24 54.44
DA14 54.16
SE14 53.33
SE23 50.88

The response to the FOI request gives a detailed breakdown for individual blocks on council estates, which is likely to be of interest to some. We looked at the estates as a whole and worked out the ratio between council tenants and leaseholders for each of the estates listed.

SE1

All of the estates in SE1 have over 50% of council tenants living on them. Two estates have no leaseholders at all. Most of the estates in SE1 have between 60-70% of council tenants.

SE5

All of the estates in SE5 have over 50% of council tenants living on them. Unlike SE1, in SE5 there are no council estates with 100% council tenants, nor in the 90-100% bracket, ie the ratio of council tenancies on council estates in SE5 is between 50-90%.

SE8

Two estates listed in this postcode both have between 60-70% of council tenants living on them.

SE11 and SE14

There are no council estates listed for these postcodes.

SE15

All of the estates in SE15 have over 60% council tenants living on them. Four of them have no leaseholders at all. Most of the estates have between 70-90% council tenants.

SE16

All of the estates in SE16 have over 50% council tenants living on them. One estate has no leaseholders at all. Vast majority of the estates in SE16 have between 70-80% council tenants.

SE17

One estate in SE17 has more leaseholders than council tenants. There are no council estates where 100% of people living there are council tenants. Most of the estates have between 70-80% council tenants.

SE19

Only one estate is listed for this postcode. 61.81% of people living there are council tenants.

SE21

Three estates are listed for this postcode. One of them has more leaseholders than council tenants living on it. Highest ratio of council tenants is on Kingswood Estate (71.53%)

SE22

Most of the estates in SE22 have between 50-80% of council tenants living on them.

SE23

Only two estates are listed. One has more leaseholders than council tenants; the other one has equal number of council tenants and leaseholders.

SE24

Four estates are listed. One of them has more leaseholders than council tenants. The remaining three have between 50-60% council tenants.

You can see the map of the council estates with the figures here (CT=council tenants; LH=leaseholders) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eiEgqd2zLrvg_yo6WtOkZ0zR4PU&usp=sharing

- to be continued -

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  • Just to say, Elmington Estate is currently in Phase 3 of redevelopment with demolitions on Lomond Grove and Elmington Rd. And thats 144 units. The rest of the estate of LCC blocks and later maisonette blocks are staying (for now!)

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