Created 12 years ago, updated 10 years ago

Table shows the percentage of households that are defined as overcrowded - defined by the 'bedroom standard'.

'Overcrowded includes Basic Overcrowded and Severely Overcrowded. This includes households with at least 1 bedroom too few.

'Bedroom standard' is used as an indicator of occupation density. A standard number of bedrooms is allocated to each household in accordance with its age/sex/marital status composition and the relationship of the members to one another. A separate bedroom is allocated to each married or cohabiting couple, any other person aged 21 or over, each pair of adolescents aged 10 - 20 of the same sex, and each pair of children under 10. Any unpaired person aged 10 - 20 is paired, if possible with a child under 10 of the same sex, or, if that is not possible, he or she is given a separate bedroom, as is any unpaired child under 10. This standard is then compared with the actual number of bedrooms (including bed-sitters) available for the sole use of the household, and differences are tabulated. Bedrooms converted to other uses are not counted as available unless they have been denoted as bedrooms by the informants; bedrooms not actually in use are counted unless uninhabitable.

Please note, unfortunately the Department for Communities and Local Government, who sponsored a question relating to the number of bedrooms in a household no longer take part in the Integrated Household Survey, and therefore the question will not be included again. This means that annual overcrowding data at borough level will not be available in the future.

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