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Housing & Regeneration montageSummary: Disability and Housing and Regeneration

  • People who reported a limiting long-term health problem or disability were more likely to live in a flat.
  • People who recorded that their day-to-day activities were 'limited a lot' by their long-term health problem or disability (87%) were more likely to social rent than those who were 'limited a little' (80%) and those who were 'not limited' (56%).
  • Compared to the general population, British Sign Language (BSL) users were almost twice as likely to live in social rented accommodation (37% of BSL users compared to 21% of all people) and were less likely to be home owners – 50% of BSL users owned their home, compared to 67% of all people.
  • BSL users were almost twice as likely to live in overcrowded households (16%) compared to the population as a whole (9%).

Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census: Part 2 (Published: March 2015)

  • Social renters are more likely to have a limiting, long-term physical or mental health condition (39%) than any other tenure and the population as a whole (23%).

Source: Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2015 (Last updated: November 2016)

  • In 2016, Adults with a long-term physical/mental health condition are more likely to have experienced discrimination (9 per cent) than those without such a condition (6 per cent).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Neighbourhoods and Communities (Last updated: September 2017)


Useful Links

Disability Page

Housing and Regeneration Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Specialist Provision Evidence Finder (July 2015) A resource collating policies, strategies, guides, statistics and research on the provision of specialist housing and housing-related services in Scotland.

Social Tenants in Scotland 2016 (February 2018) A statistical compendium presenting an overview of social tenants and social rented housing. Covers age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Housing Statistics for Scotland - Housing for Older People, those with Disabilities and those with Supported Tenancies (September 2017) 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 (2001-2012). Includes analysis of housing that is very sheltered, sheltered, medium dependency, adapted for wheelchair and ambulant disabled.

Understanding Disabled People's Housing Pathways: Initial Insights (January 2016) Research exploring a small selection of one group of disabled people's housing needs.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Disability Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to disability.

Evaluation of Local Housing Strategies Co-Production Pilots with Disabled People (December 2011) Findings from an evaluation of two pilots using co-production as a method of working with disabled people to ensure their needs are addressed in local housing strategies.



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish House Conditions Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish House Conditions Survey 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 - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by disability status


External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Getting Behind the Statistics: Update for 2016-17 (January 2018) This report aims to consider the operation of these legislative rights through available statistics and identify what these may mean for policymaking.

External Research Organisations

Housing Support Enabling Unit - Provides information and research about housing support in Scotland

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Carries out research and analysis of poverty in Scotland and the UK

Scottish Women's Aid - Provides support, information and research about domestic abuse in Scotland

Shelter - Provides information and research about homelessness in Scotland



Housing and Regeneration




Centre for Housing Market Analysis

Communities Analytical Services

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