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Scottish Household Survey 2020 - telephone survey: key findings

A summary of the key findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2020 telephone survey.

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Section one - Housing

The results of the SHS 2020 telephone survey are not directly comparable to SHS results for previous years. Please see Introduction for more detail.

Dwelling type and area deprivation of households by tenure
Bar chart showing the percentage split between houses and flats for the three main types of tenure (owner occupied, private rented and social rented) as well as the percentage of households in the 20% most and 20% least deprived areas for those three types of tenure. (Tables 1.7 and 1.8).

The majority of owner occupied properties (80%) were houses and the majority of private rented properties (68%) were flats (Table 1.7).

46% of social rented households were in the 20% most deprived areas, compared to only 3% in the 20% least deprived areas (Table 1.8).

25% of owner occupied households were in the 20% least deprived areas, compared to 12% in the 20% most deprived areas.

Owner occupiers tended to have lived at their current address the longest, with 59% of adults having lived there for eleven years or more (Table 1.26).

Ethnicity of adults by tenure
Bar chart showing the proportion of adults from six ethnic groupings (White: Scottish, White: Other British, White: Polish, White: Other, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups) for the three main types of tenure (owner occupied, private rented and social rented). (Table 1.24).

54% of adults in private rented households reported their ethnicity as white Scottish, which is lower than for other tenures (Table 1.24).

Also among adults in private rented households, 18% reported their ethnicity as white ‘other’ (i.e. not white Scottish, other British, or Polish), and 7% reported their ethnicity as Asian. These are higher than for other tenures.

Economic status of adults by tenure
Bar chart showing the proportion of adults from eight economic status groups (self employed, employed full time, employed part time, permanently retired from work, unemployed and seeking work, in further/ higher education, permanently sick or disabled and other) for the three main types of tenure (owner occupied, private rented and social rented). (Table 1.25).

62% of adults in social rented households were not in employment (Table 1.25).

26% were permanently retired from work, 14% were permanently sick or disabled (higher than those in all other tenures), 8% were at school or in further or higher education, 7% were unemployed and seeking work, and 5% were looking after the home or family.

51% of adults in private rented households were employed full time and 13% were in further or higher education, which are higher than for other tenures.

Satisfaction with housing by tenure
Bar chart showing the proportion of households with three levels of satisfaction with housing (very/fairly satisfied, neither satisfied nor satisfied and very/fairly dissatisfied) for the three main types of tenure (owner occupied, private rented and social rented). (Table 1.39).

94% of households were either very or fairly satisfied with their housing (Table 1.39).

Owner occupied households (96%) were more likely to be satisfied with their housing than social rented households (87%).

Contact

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