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Housing and Regeneration - Housing Statistics for Scotland


Housing Statistics for Scotland

A range of time series and summary tables available to download in Excel format are available from the links below.



Housing Revenue Account

Downloadable document:

Title:Housing Statistics for Scotland - Housing Revenue Account
Description:Local authority housing income and expenditure.
File:Ref-Methodology_Estimtes.pdf [PDF, 13.2 kb: 10 Aug 2004]
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Local Authority Housing Income & Expenditure

  • There were an estimated 315,800  council houses in Scotland on 30 September 2012, a fall of a little under 600 in the year from September 2011. 
  • Average council rent being paid into the Housing Revenue Account in 2012-13 is £58.94 per week , an increase of £2.20 (3.9%) per week since 2011-12.  Average rent ranges from £45.44 per week in Moray to £80.78 per week in Edinburgh.
  • Council rents have increased by 1.0% per year on average in the fifteen year period from 1997-98 to 2012-13 in real terms – i.e. above the Retail Prices Index. 
  • Average expenditure on management and maintenance is expected to be £1,845 per house, an increase of £78 (4.4%) per house since 2011-12.  Within this total:-
    • Supervision and management costs are expected to be £757 per house in 2012-13, an increase of  £53 (7.6%) per house since 2011-12 and have risen faster than rents over the period since 1997-98;
    • Repairs and maintenance costs are expected to be £1,089 per house in 2012-13, which is £25 per house ( 2.3%) higher than in 2011-12.  These costs have also risen faster than rents in the period since 1997-98.
  • Councils expect to lose £16.3 m due to voids in all properties on their housing revenue accounts in 2012-13.  This represents 1.7% of the standard rental income on these properties and is at about the same level as the three previous years, well below the peak of 3.7% in 2002-03.
  • At 31 March 2012, rent arrears on all properties on councils’ housing revenue accounts stood at £36.3 m, representing 3.8% of the standard rental income on these properties. This is a reduction of £0.3m (0.6%) since 31 March 2011.
  • Local authorities are budgeting to spend £249m on loan charges (which include interest, capital repayment and loan fund expenses) in 2012-13, an increase of £26.1m (11.7% increase) over 2011-12.   Estimated loan charges per house in 2012-13 vary from £276 per house in Angus to £2,304 per house in Edinburgh and £1,596 in Shetland.
  • Total council housing debt in Scotland is expected to increase by £353m (13.4%) in the year to March 2013 to reach £2,991.9m.
  • Shetland will continue to have the highest amount of debt on a per property basis - £22,958 per house at 31 March 2013 and Falkirk the lowest – £4,428 per house.  
  • Local authorities’ housing capital expenditure is projected to total £679.0m in 2012-13, an increase of £78.1m (13.0%) since 2011-12. 
  • Councils project that £52.2m of capital receipts will be raised in 2012-13.   This is an increase of £2.6m (5.2%) since 2011-12 but considerably lower than the £135.7m raised in 2008-09 and £227.2m raised in 2007-08. 

Local Authority Housing Income & Expenditure Tables