Shelter Housing Databank
The Shelter Housing Databank allows you to pull out local stats on housing need, affordability, supply and other measures. You can pull information off at a regional level or at the level of a local authority.
You can get stats for:
- Housing Need (including stats for homelessness and council waiting lists)
- Affordability (including stats for house prices, rents and income-house price ratios)
- Supply (including new homes built and vacant properties)
- Social and Welfare (including housing benefit claimants and unemployment stats)
In most cases you can get stats going back until 1997, although for some reason most of the welfare stats only go back until 2009. It also doesn’t include any stats on Houses in Multiple Occupation.
It’s a really helpful website that in most cases allows you to customise the data you need and pull it off in a variety of formats.
Here, for example, is a quick report I pulled off for all ‘housing need’ indicators in Southampton.
Check out the full site here: Shelter Housing Databank
UPDATE: You can also get a number of useful policy papers from the Shelter Policy Library.