Poverty after housing costs by housing tenure

22nd Mar 2017

Since 2002/03 the number in poverty in all but owned with mortgage tenure types has decreased

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Source: Households Below Average Income (HBAI), UK,  Department for Work and Pensions, 2017

The proportion of those in poverty after housing costs in the social rented sector fell by 14 percentage points between 2006/07 and 2015/16 to 34%- the largest fall across all tenure types, meaning that the poverty rate in the social rented sector is now the same as in the private rented sector. Among those owning their properties either outright or with a mortgage, both have seen an increase in their risk of being in poverty. The proportion of both types of homeowners in poverty has increased from 12% in 2011/12 to 16% in 2015/16.