Housing statistics for Scotland quarterly update: June 2018
Information on recent trends in new build housing starts and completions, the Affordable Housing Supply Programme and local authority house sales including Right to Buy.
Affordable Housing Supply – up to end March 2018
Affordable Housing Supply Programme ( AHSP) statistics reflect the broader supply of affordable homes (i.e. for social rent, affordable rent and affordable home ownership) and include off the shelf purchases and rehabilitations as well as new builds. The social rent new build element of this covers largely the same houses referred to in the social sector new build section of this report. Statistics for the AHSP are available up to the end of March 2018. As a result they have been presented here for the year to end March. This differs from the figures in much of the remainder of this report which cover years to end December.
Changes in the funding programme in 2011 and 2012 impacted on the timing of affordable housing activity as well as the level of activity and this should be borne in mind when making comparisons over time.
Approvals, starts and completions are all measured for the AHSP. Approval is the point at which funding is granted and, along with completion, is a significant part of the administration process meaning that the data should be of good quality. Starts meanwhile can be recorded at any point in the development, for example when site clearance begins or any point up to the beginning of ground works for foundations. As a result approvals are generally deemed a better measure than starts for AHSP data.
Social Rent includes Housing Association Rent, Council House Rent as well as Home Owner Support Fund Rent.
Affordable Rent includes Mid-Market Rent ( MMR), National Housing Trust ( NHT) Rent as well as other programmes such as the Empty Homes Loan Fund ( EHLF) and Rural Homes for Rent ( RHfR).
Affordable Home Ownership includes Open Market Shared Equity ( OMSE), New Supply Shared Equity ( NSSE), Shared Ownership ( LCHO) as well as other programmes such as Home Owner Support Fund Shared Equity.
Chart 10: Annual Housing Supply Programme ( ASHP) approvals and completions, years to end March, 2008 to 2018
A total of 3,344 affordable homes were completed in the quarter between January and March 2018, an increase of 50%, or 1,119 homes when compared to the equivalent quarter in the previous year. This brings the total for the year to end March 2018 to 8,534, up 16% on the 7,336 completions in the previous year.
Between January and March 2018 a total of 6,448 affordable homes were approved. This is 1,416 (28%) more than in the same quarter in the previous year. It brings the total for the year to end March 2018 to 11,677 approvals, up 13% on the previous year.
There were 3,206 affordable homes started in the quarter between January and March 2018, a 13% decrease, or 499 fewer homes than the same quarter last year. This brings the total for the year to end March 2018 to 10,569, up 14% on the 9,308 starts in the previous year.
Chart 11 below shows that total affordable housing supply programme completions increased by 16% in 2018 (year to end March). In the latest year, social rent completions accounted for 62% of all completions, with affordable rent and affordable home ownership making up 13% and 25% of the total, respectively.
Chart 12 below shows that the total affordable housing supply programme approvals increased by 14% in 2018 (year to end March). In the latest year, social rent approvals accounted for 58% of all approvals, with affordable rent and affordable home ownership making up 24% and 18% of the total, respectively.
Quarterly affordable housing supply statistics are used to inform the Scottish Government target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 homes for social rent, over the period 2016/17 to 2020/21.
Chart 11: AHSP Completions, years to end March, 2008 to 2018
Chart 12: AHSP Approvals, years to end March, 2008 to 2018
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