Publication - Statistics

Housing statistics 2018: key trends summary

Published: 25 Sep 2018
Directorate:
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Housing, Statistics
ISBN:
9781787812307

Annual statistics up to 31 March 2017 on total new housing supply in Scotland across all sectors, along with information on various elements of local authority housing such as stock, lettings, house sales, evictions, housing lists, and housing for older people and people with disabilities.

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Housing statistics 2018: key trends summary
Local Authority Lettings

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Local Authority Lettings

During 2017-18 there were 25,666 permanent lettings made, a slight decrease of 122 lets (0.5%) compared to 25,788 lettings in the previous year.

Of all the local authority lettings made in 2017-18, 42% were to homeless households, compared to 40% in 2016-17. There were a total of 10,805 lettings to homeless households in 2017-18, an increase of 4% on the 10,436 lettings in 2016-17.

The proportion of lets allocated to homeless applicants is an important indicator in measuring local authorities’ capacity to sustain the 2012 homelessness commitment whereby all unintentionally homeless households are entitled to settled accommodation.

Mirroring the falling stock levels, the number of local authority lettings decreased each year throughout the 2000s (Chart 14) until 2008-09. The number of lettings increased slightly each year between 2011-12 and 2013-14, then decreased. During 2017-18 there were 25,666 permanent lettings made, a decrease of 122 lets compared to 2016-17.

Chart 14: Permanent local authority lettings by source of tenant, 2001-02 to 2017-18

Chart 14: Permanent local authority lettings by source of tenant, 2001-02 to 2017-18

Chart 15 shows that there were some regional variations in the proportion of permanent lettings by source of tenant. For example, lets to homeless households made up 74% of all permanent lettings in Edinbugh, compared to 22% in East Ayrshire. The proportion of lets made to housing waiting list applicants varied between 13% in Edinburgh, to 58% in North Ayrshire.

Chart 15: Permanent local authority lettings, by source of tennant, 2017-18

Chart 15: Permanent local authority lettings, by source of tennant, 2017-18

More information can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2002/08/sst/3

Link to tables on local authority lettings: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/StockManagement

The Scottish Government publishes a range of information on Homelessness, including the number of lets for homeless households, collected through the HL1 return: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/RefTables


Contact

Katrina Caldwell: housing.statistics@gov.scot