The SIMD housing domain is intended to focus on the inadequacy of housing and to cover the physical housing condition and suitability of housing.
The housing domain contains indicators that are based on the proportion of the household population that experience overcrowding or are without central heating. As data from surveys such as the Housing Conditions Survey are not suitable for inclusion in the SIMD due to small sample sizes, the domain includes indicators from the 2001 census and, as such, the data have not been updated for the SIMD 2006.
The 2006 housing domain contains exactly the same data as the SIMD 2004. No analysis of the domain is included here.
The Scottish Executive continues to look to developing data for inclusion in the housing domain for the next update to the SIMD.
Due to the lack of new data for this domain and the inclusion of the new crime domain, the weighting of the housing domain in the overall SIMD has been reduced in 2006 (see Annex 2).