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Summary: Age and Housing and Regeneration

Housing & Regeneration montageSummary: Age and Housing and Regeneration

  • Homelessness is biased towards younger age groups.  For example,  in 2016/17 10% of main applicants assessed as homeless or potentially homeless were aged 16 to 19 years old.  However only 1% of households in Scotland are headed by someone aged 16 to 19 years old.  Similarly, 20 to 24 year olds make up 17% of cases assessed as homeless or potentially homeless, but only 4% of households are headed by someone in this age group.


    Source: HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017 and NRS Household Projections for Scotland, 2014-based (31 January 2017)


  • Around 18% of new lets by Registered Social Landlords were to households including at least one older person (aged 60 and over). This figure has remained relatively constant since 2007-08, with a low of 16% in 2013-14 and a high of 19% on 2008-09.

Source: SCORE Annual Report  2014-15


  • Older households had the highest rate of fuel poverty amongst household types; 45% in 2015.

Source: Scottish House Conditions Survey, 2015


  • People aged 55 and over are consistently more likely to rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live when compared to the population as a whole, with over 75s the most likely. Whilst those aged 34 and under are less likely rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live.  
  • Perceptions of neighbourhood problems generally decrease as age increases: 16% of adults aged 16-24 viewed ‘rowdy behaviour’ as ‘very/fairly common’ in their neighbourhood, compared to 2% those aged 75 and over. 
  • The likelihood of adults feeling a ‘very strong’ sense of belonging to their community increases with age. In 2015, 45% of 60-74 year olds and 54% of those aged 75 and over reported feeling a ‘very strong’ sense of community belonging, compared to 22% of 16-24 and 25-34 year olds respectively.
  • Pensioner only households are more likely to live in a house than a flat, with 70 69% living in a house.

Source: Scottish House Conditions Survey, 2015


Useful Links

Age page

Housing and Regeneration page

Publications and Output

Publications and Output

This study provides analysis of the impact of population ageing on housing in Scotland. This looks at issues relating to housing stock, support services, adaptations and further related questions.

As part of wider SG review on the Private Rented Sector, this report looks at the views and experiences of tenants in the sector in Scotland.

A range of statistics about housing for older people, those with disabilities and those with supported tenancies is provided by both public authorities and housing associations (2001-2011).  Includes analysis of housing that is very sheltered, sheltered, medium dependency, adapted for wheelchair and ambulant disabled. 

A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



  • The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data and Scottish House Conditions Survey (SHCS) data.  Subject to small numbers and disclosure control, it is possible to request ad hoc analysis of any of the housing variables on the SHS and SHCS by age, gender, disability and ethnicity and also religion in the case of the SHS.  Data requests should be made to the SHS Mailbox or the SHCS Mailbox
  • Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.
  • SCORE microdata are available on request from the Scottish Government subject to data users signing a data access agreement. 

Future Developments

Future Developments

2011 Census results.  The 2011 Census included a range of housing questions on house type, tenure, size, occupancy and type of landlord.   Data users will be able to analyse these findings by age, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability or by any other of the Census variable they are interested in.  A new and more detailed ethnicity question was included on the Census and should allow more detailed data analysis for this group.  The first Census findings are due to be released by the National Records of Scotland in stages throughout 2013/14.

External Links

External Links

  • Local Authorities and Planning Authorities

Local Authority level information on the housing needs of groups including families, older people, households with specific needs, and minority and hard to reach groups should be evidenced in Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDAs).  These are produced by Local and Planning Authorities and are available on their websites.    





Housing and Regeneration




Centre for Housing Market Analysis

Communities Analytical Services

Scottish Government

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Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ


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