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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

  • 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 Survey Core Questions, 2015.


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

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2016


  • People with long-standing physical or mental health conditions are more likely to report feeling ‘very/a bit unsafe’ when walking alone in their neighbourhood at night (21%) than those without such conditions (11%).

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2013.


Useful Links

Disability Page

Housing and Regeneration Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Research exploring a small selection of one group of disabled people's housing needs.

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.

As part of wider Scottish Government 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, disabled people 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. 

The Scottish Government is working to support older people and disabled people to live independently at home in their communities. The above link highlights case studies of different services and projects around Scotland.



  • The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 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.

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 Office in stages throughout 2013/14.

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. Any research 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

Datashine Scotland - Datashine Scotland maps key statistics from the 2011 Scottish Census on an interactive map, including disability.




Housing and Regeneration




Centre for Housing Market Analysis

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