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Housing and Regeneration - Housing Statistics for Scotland


Housing Statistics for Scotland

The Housing Statistics for Scotland web tables contain a range of time series and summary tables available to download in Excel format.


Latest quarterly update - (published 12th December 2017)

Updated information on new build housing, Affordable Housing Supply Programme and sales of social sector housing are available in Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update December 2017. Tables containing details of new build houses and sales of public sector housing stock updated each quarter are also available.


The latest updates include private sector new build figures and sales figures up to 30th June 2017 and social sector new build figures up to 30th September 2017. A summary of the main results can be found in the statistical news release. A document providing an explanation of the statistics is also available.


Housing Statistics for Scotland (published 12th September 2017)

A full range of housing statistics is published annually. The latest of these contains data up to 31st March 2017. The Housing Statistics for Scotland 2017: Key Trends Summary contains an overview of the topics covered in the web tables.

Updated charts and commentary were provided on 2nd October 2017 to take account of the Scottish Household Survey 2016 dataset.


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