Housing

Both nationally and locally, demand for both affordable and market housing significantly outstrips supply.  More detailed information is provided in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).

Private housing is particularly expensive in Cambridge City both to purchase and to rent.  This has resulted in an increasing affordability gap between incomes and rents and house prices.

Of concern are the planned changes to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) which risk making rents unaffordable to some population groups.  This in turn may impact on health through increased rates of overcrowding and/or homelessness, together with the broader impact on mental health of stressful life events.

It is estimated that 35,000 households in Cambridgeshire experience fuel poverty (more than 10% of income required to heat the home).

Rates of fuel poverty are rising - it was estimated that in 2008 there were 11.5% fuel poor households in Cambridgeshire compared to 6% in 2003.  In addition there are Lower Super Output Areas where the proportion of the fuel poor households is above 20%.

Percentage of Households in Fuel Poverty 2008

Local Authority

% Fuel Poverty

Cambridge City

11.7%

East Cambridgeshire

12.9%

Fenland

15.3%

Huntingdonshire

9.6%

South Cambridgeshire

10.7%

Cambridgeshire

11.5%

Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/fuelpov_stats/regional/regional.aspx

Local data from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau has shown a steady and large increase in demand for advice on housing related and other debt arrears especially in relation to fuel poverty, mortgage arrears and credit cards.