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Scottish House Condition Survey - Revisions and Corrections

Corporate Policy Statement

Revisions and corrections to previously published Scottish House Condition Survey data are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections - a copy of which is available via the following link:

SHCS Revisions and Corrections

The SHCS adheres to the corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections noted above. Key things to note are:

  • There are no SHCS statistics which are subject to regular scheduled revisions.
  • All revisions and corrections will be brought to the attention of users as soon as they are identified with appropriate notes added to the relevant publications and releases online.
  • Substantial revisions will be summarised on this page.

If you have any comments or queries regarding revisions and errors in the SHCS then please Contact us.


Summary List

Please be aware of the following revisions and errors within the SHCS:

Release Description Date updated

SHCS Local Authority Reports:






A minor error in the statistical significance tool was corrected in the 2014-2016, 2013-2015 and 2012-2014 tables. The underlying data in the tables were unaffected, as were the results of significance testing produced by the tool.

Furthermore, routine updates and minor revisions to historical datasets (2010-2012, 2011-2013, 2012-2014 and 2013-2015) were applied. Detailed information on changes from previously published tables is provided within each set of Local Authority tables under the Contents page, so we refer users to the background notes in the individual releases for more details.

SHCS 2015 Key Findings Report

Some statistics in the SHQS section of the 2015 Key Findings report have been slightly revised since publication in order to correct for an error identified in compiling the failure rate for the Energy Efficient criterion relating to 2015, which also affect the overall SHQS failure rate for 2015.

The change due to the revision is within the margin of error for this survey.

For the revised figures, please see the 2016 Key Findings Report available from http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/SHCS/Downloads.


SHCS 2014 Key Findings Report

SHCS 2013 Key Findings Report

The description of pensioner households as ‘pensioner only households’ is inaccurate.  Households included under this category consist of up to two residents, at least one of whom is of pensionable age and there are no resident children. Pensionable age thresholds used in these reports are 60 for women and 65 for men. These thresholds  have not been updated in line with the increase in actual pension age in 2013 and 2014.

The description of household types given in section 2.4 should read as follows:

  • Families: Households which include resident children
  • Pensioners: One- or two-member households which include at least one resident of pensionable age and no children. Pensionable age is 60 for women and 65 for men.
  • Adult only: Other households containing only adults and no children

This correction affects the following tables and figures and corresponding commentary.

SHCS Local Authority Report 2010/12

Table 4.2 has been revised.

Previously, unobtainable and not applicable entries were not included in the total, artificially increasing the proportion of dwellings with urgent disrepair.

SHCS 2012 timeseries spreadsheet

An error was corrected on the worksheet "FP Household"; a copy and paste error resulted in the 2011 and 2010 figures being identical.

2010 results were changed to the correct values.

All SHCS Local Authority Reports

Errors in calculation of SHQS compliance and fuel poverty were corrected through the back series of Local Authority reports.

Corrections were made to the following tables:

  • 4.12 - SHQS
  • 4.13 - SHQS by tenure
  • 8.10 - Fuel Poverty
  • 8.12 - Extreme Fuel Poverty
  • 8.13 - Fuel poor households by tenure
  • 8.14 - Fuel poor households by household type

A description of these errors is provided in the SHCS Key Findings Report for 2012.

Technical Note on Fuel Poverty This document was amended to note the difference between the definition of fuel poverty in theScottish Fuel Poverty Statement and the modelling possible under the SHCS. 11/12/13
SHCS Local Authority Report 2008/10 Updated column headings, in row 48 of Sheet numbers 8.16, 8.17 and 8.18.  Swapping labels "Insulated" and "Uninsulated" . 01/10/12
SHCS 2010 Technical Report Table 7.1 updated as the "non-grossing weight for proportionality" estimates from Eilean Siar onwards were mis-assigned to the next row in the table previously. 18/09/12

SHCS, Thematic Report: Fuel Poverty Evidence Review

Released: August 2012

An error was identified in paragraph 48 of the publication. Commentary was updated in line with Figure 7 and Table 32 on page 138. 13/08/12