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1,000,000 households in England and Wales overcrowded

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

People living in overcrowded housing 'to hit three million by 2012' People living in overcrowded housing 'to hit three million by 2012'

Analysis of census data has revealed that 1.1 million households in England and Wales were considered to be overcrowded in March 2011.

Overcrowding was found to be most common among rented households, with similar proportions of social rent (8.7%) and private rent (8.6%) families in overcrowded homes - almost four times the proportion (2.3%) among owner-occupied residences.

In March 2011, 8.1 million had one spare bedroom and a further 8.1 million had two or more.

More than 8 in 10 (82.7%) owner-occupied households had at least one spare bedroom, compared with 49.5% among privately rented and 39.4% among socially rented households.

Over half (51.9%) of socially rented households had the notional number of bedrooms for the size of the household and composition of people living there (zero occupancy rating) - the highest across the tenure categories.

Excluding London, at least 7 in 10 households across all English regions and Wales had one or more spare bedrooms.

In London, more than 1 in 10 households (11.3%) were overcrowded, while around 4 in 10 households (39.3%) had the recommended number of bedrooms (zero occupancy rating), the highest across all the regions and Wales.

The top five local authorities with the highest percentage of their households overcrowded were all in London; Newham had the highest, where 25.2% of residences were overcrowded.

Of the five local authorities with the lowest proportions of overcrowding, four were in the East Midlands, with the lowest proportion (1.1%) in North Kesteven.

Of the 1.1 million overcrowded households in England and Wales in March 2011, over two thirds (724,000) were households with dependent children.

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