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Summary: Housing and Regenaration

Summary: Housing and Regeneration

For housing and poverty statistics see the Income and Poverty pages.

Social Tenants in Scotland 2015 was released in February 2017 and provides statistics on the equality characteristics (age, gender, ethnicity, disability) of social tenants in Scotland.

Age
  • Households where the highest income householder (HIH) is aged 60 years or more, have had continuously higher rates of owner-occupation since 2009. Whilst the rates of owner-occupation for HIH’ s aged 60 and over have remained relatively constant of late, the rates for the other age groups have been in decline, most notably for those aged 16-34. However in 2015 the rate amongst this group increased by two percentage points.

 

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015
 

  • Figures for sheltered accommodation have fallen from about 17,140 units in 2006 to around 14,479 units as of end of March 2016.

Source: Housing Statistics for Scotland - Housing for Older People, those with Disabilities and those with Supported Tenancies

 

  • People aged 75 and over are consistently less likely to feel ‘very/fairly safe’ walking alone in their neighbourhood at night compared to adults as a whole: 76% compared to 85% respectively.

 

Source:  Scottish Household Survey 2015

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)

 

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Age and Housing and Regeneration Page

Age Page

Disability
  • 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.

 

 

  • Adults with a long-term physical/mental health condition are more likely to have experienced discrimination (11 per cent in 2015) than those without such a condition (6 per cent).

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015.

 

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Disability and Housing and Regeneration Page

Disability Page

Ethnicity
  • People who live in social rented accommodation are more likely to identify as being of ‘White Scottish’ ethnicity  than the population as a whole: 85% compared to 78%.
  • People in the private rented sector are more likely to identify as ‘White other British’, ‘White Polish’, ‘White other’ or ‘Asian’ than the population as a whole.
  • Only 58% of adults in the private rented sector recorded their ethnicity as white Scottish, which is much lower than other tenures and adults as a whole; 79%.

Source: Scottish Survey Core Questions, 2015.

 

The analysis of ethnicity within the homelessness data is slightly complicated by the fact that it also contains a number of cases where the applicant has been given leave to remain or refugee status.  These applicants originally came from abroad but are now lawfully present in the UK.  We therefore analyse the data in two parts – UK and EU nationals (which we compare with the Scottish population) and those granted leave to remain/refugee status.

There were around 27,000 cases assessed as homeless during 2016/17, who were entitled to apply for assistance as a result of their UK or EU nationality.   The ethnic composition of this group is broadly in line with that for the Scottish population as a whole.  The proportion of white homeless is around 91% in the homelessness data compared with 96% for Scotland (taken from the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2017).  However, there are some differences within the white population.  The proportion of cases from a white: Scottish background is higher than in the population as a whole (82% compared to 79% for Scotland).  At the same time the proportion of white: other British - is also less than in the wider population (6% compared to 12% for Scotland). The proportion of Asian homeless is slightly less than in the wider population (0.8% compared with 2.3% for Scotland).

There were around 1,400 cases assessed as homeless during 2016/17, who were entitled to apply after being granted leave to remain or refugee status. Of these, 3% described themselves as white: other (and outside of the EU),  9% as Asian, 17% as Black and 54% as ‘other’

 

Source: HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017 and Scottish Household Survey 2017

 

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Ethnicity and Housing and Regeneration Page

Ethnicity Page

Gender
  • Women are slightly more likely to rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live than men: 58 per cent  compared to 55 per cent.

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015.

 

  • Women are more likely to be long stay residents in care homes than men. In 2016 68% were women whilst 32% were men.

Source: Care Home Census , 2016.

Gender

  • Males were the main applicant in 54% of cases assessed as homeless or potentially homeless in 2016/17. Females were the main applicant in 46% of cases.

 

Source:  HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017

 

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Gender and Housing and Regeneration Page

Gender Page

Religion
  • People whose religion is ‘other Christian’ (excluding Catholic) or ‘Church of Scotland’ are more likely to rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live (64 per cent in 2015), compared to other religions and the population as a whole (56 per cent in 2015).

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015.

 

  • People who live in the private rented sector are more likely to identify as having ‘no religion’ (57%) than the population as a whole (47%).

Source: Scottish Survey Core Questions, 2015.

 

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Religion and Housing and Regeneration Page

Religion Page

Sexual Orientation
  • More than a quarter (27 per cent) of those who identified themselves as ‘gay, lesbian or bisexual’ reported that they had experienced discrimination in 2015 , compared to only 7 per cent of heterosexual people. However the base size for ‘gay, lesbian or bisexual’ was fairly small.

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015.

 

  • People living in the private rented sector are more likely to identify as either ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual or other’ (LGB) than the population as a whole: 3.4% compared to 1.8%.

Source: Scottish Survey Core Questions, 2015.

 

 

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Sexual Orientation and Housing and Regeneration Page

Sexual Orientation Page

Transgender

The Scottish Government does not currently have information on the experiences of transgender people in relation to housing and regeneration.

 

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Transgender Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

A an Excel spreadsheet collating policies, strategies, guides, statistics and research on the provision of specialist housing and housing-related services in Scotland.

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

Provides a breakdown of clients receiving support by client group.

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. 

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.

This review provides some secondary analysis of relevant homelessness and housing statistics to provide a more in-depth overview of the scale of domestic abuse as a contributory factor to homelessness in Scotland.

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

Findings of a review into the Twice Yearly Count of the Gypsy/Traveller population in Scotland, including recommended options for the future of the Count.

This research provides a review of statistics on gender differences and inequalities in Scotland across a range of key areas of social and economic life.  Chapter nine focuses on housing.

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’

Where available, equality breakdowns of progress against these National Indicators can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Improve people's perceptions of their neighbourhood, Data Tables (including Age, Gender, Disability and Ethnicity)

Improve access to suitable housing options for those in housing need, Data Tables (including Age and Gender)

Data

Data

  • 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
  • Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.
  • Census Data are available on the National Records of Scotland SCROL website.
  • SCORE microdata are available on request from the Scottish Government subject to data users signing a data access agreement. 

 

Future Developments

Future Developments

New Sexual Orientation Survey Question.  For the first time a question about sexual orientation has been included in the Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) and the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).  This question should allow an analysis of the housing circumstances of people with different sexual orientations.  The SHS question was asked of a random adult in the household but not all household members.  The SHCS questions was asked of the household member who responded to the survey.   First results are expected in Autumn 2012.  Subject to data quality checks and disclosure control, the new question should allow an analysis of the housing circumstances of people with different sexual orientations.  Data requests should be made to the SHS Mailbox or the SHCS Mailbox.

External Links

External Links

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Statistics in more details

Contacts

Housing and Regeneration

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Communities Analytical Services

Scottish Government

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Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

 

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