It has published its English Housing Survey Headline Report today, which assesses housing in the UK.
It shows that couples with no dependent children were the most common type of household – 36% and the most common type of owner occupiers – 42% in 2008-09.
Over half – 59% of all private renters expected to eventually buy a home in the UK compared to only around a quarter – 27% of social renters.
The percentage of very energy inefficient homes rated Bands F or G through the Energy Performance Certificate fell by 5% points, from 22% to 17% of the stock between 2006 and 2008.
Some 89% of homes had central heating in 2008, and 3.7m -17% of all had condensing boilers – a more than threefold increase since 2005 when regulations were first introduced.
In 2008, 3.1 million ’vulnerable’ households’ were living in the private sector of which 1.2 million -39% were living in non-decent homes, the remaining 1.9 million – 61% were living in decent accommodation