Homelessness and Overcrowding
The homelessness rate remains significantly lower than the England average. In 2015/16 212 households were accepted as being homeless and in priority need, up from 181 in 2014/15.
At the 2011 Census, around 2.7% of households were overcrowded – not having enough bedrooms for the type of family living in the household. This proportion is lower than the England average. Overcrowding was more common in rented households than owned households – 4.9% of private rented households were overcrowded and 4.2% of social rented households. Of the overcrowded private rented households, around 70% of the households have dependent children. Overcrowding also varies by ethnicity, with 14.9% of Asian households being overcrowded and 12.7% of White Other households.
Concealed Families and adult Children Living with their Parents
Some overcrowding may be due to extended families living together – a preferred choice of living arrangement for some people. The 2011 Census recorded 475 young families with children (family head aged under 35) living within another household – most likely with parents. A further 270 couples without children were living in a similar situation. The proportion of families and couples in this situation is lower than the proportion across England as a whole. In addition to couples living with parents, around 14,400 of single people aged 18-24 (53% of age group) are living with their parent(s), and around 5,600 of single people aged 25-34 (14% of age group).