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27/08/13 09:30

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2013 & Quarterly New Build Update

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Updated housing statistics have been released today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

Published online, the Housing Statistics for Scotland key trends summary and associated tables http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS include comprehensive time series data to allow in-depth analyses of housing activity in Scotland up to 2012-13.

At the same time the latest quarterly figures for private sector new build (Jan – Mar 2013), social sector new build (April – June 2013), affordable housing (April – June 2013) and sales of social sector housing (Jan – Mar 2013) have also been published.

The main points to emerge are as follows.

Housing Statistics for Scotland, 2013:

New housing supply: New housing supply (new build, refurbishment and conversions) decreased by 14% between 2011-12 and 2012-13, from 16,922 to 14,629 units. This was mainly driven by a drop in both private and housing association house building. Local authority completions also fell slightly from the previous year from 1,114 to 965.

New house building: In 2012-13, there were 13,803 completions in Scotland, a decrease of 13% on the previous year, when 15,940 had been completed. At the same time starts decreased by 9% from 13,791 in 2011-12 to 12,596 in 2012-13.

Affordable Housing: In 2012-13 there were 6,009 units completed through all Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) activity - this figure is 13% down on the previous year and represents the 3rd consecutive decrease since the peak in 2009-10.

Public sector housing stock: At 31 March 2013, there were 318,160 local authority dwellings in Scotland, a decrease of 1,224 from the previous year.

Sales of local authority dwellings: Sales of local authority dwellings fell by 9% in 2012-13, from 1,125 to 1,020. This continues the declining trend in sales observed over recent years, following the introduction of the modernised Right to Buy, which came into effect on 30 September 2002.

Right to Buy: The proportion of tenancies with some Right to Buy entitlement was 81% for 2012-13, unchanged from 2011-12.

Public sector vacant stock: At 31 March 2013, local authorities reported 7,664 units of vacant stock, of which 42% consisted of normal letting stock. This represents 1% of all normal letting stock, and is down from 7,847 the previous year.

Lettings: During 2012-13 there were 27,546 permanent lettings of local authority dwellings, an increase of 1% on the previous year (27,263). Lets to homeless households represented 41% of all lets made by local authorities in 2012-13.

Evictions: Eviction actions against local authority tenants resulted in 965 evictions or abandoned dwellings in 2012-13 (550 evictions, 415 abandoned dwellings). Both of these are down slightly from the previous year.

Housing Lists: Applications held on local authority lists decreased by 2% to 184,887 in 2012.

Scheme of Assistance: In 2012-13, councils provided householders with 187,000 instances of help and spent almost £47 million. This compares to 163,000 instances of help and £52 million in 2011-12.

Houses in multiple occupation: In 2012-13, 8,605 applications were received in respect of the mandatory licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation. At 31 March 2013 there were 13,911 licences in force, representing an increase of 4% over the previous year.

Latest quarterly update:

New house building:

All Sectors

There were 3,162 new build completions in Q1 of 2013 – this is lower than in most recent quarters and 25% lower than the same quarter in 2012. This brings the total for the year to end March 2013 to 13,803.

There were 3,772 new build starts in Q1 of 2013 – a 19% decrease compared to the same quarter in 2012. This latest figure brings the total for the year to end March 2013 to 12,596 which is down by 9% compared to the previous year and is the lowest figure on record (since 1980).

Private Sector

1,993 private sector led houses were completed in Q1 of 2013. This is lower than in recent quarters with around 2,500 completions being typical since the start of 2011. The latest quarter’s figure brings the total for the 12 months to end March to 9,594. This is 5% below the 10,050 completions for the year to end March 2012.

There were 2,295 private sector starts in Q1 of 2013. This is fairly consistent with recent quarters with 2,000 to 3,000 per quarter being typical since mid-2009. This latest figure brings the total for the year to end March 2013 to 9,815. This is 6% lower than for the 12 months to end March 2012.

Housing Association Homes

Housing association led new build activity is funded through Scottish Government funding programmes. Several changes to these funding programmes in recent years have affected both the trends and seasonal quarterly pattern of housing association new build approvals so care should be taken when making comparisons over time.

There were 547 housing association starts in quarter 2 of 2013, bringing the total for the year to end June 2013 to 2,065. This is a 16% decrease on the 2,457 starts in the year to end June 2012.

There were 569 housing association completions in quarter 2 of 2013, bringing the total for the year to end June 2013 to 2,930. This is a 34% decrease on 4,409 completions in the year to end June 2012.

Local Authority Homes

Local Authority led new build activity is also funded through Scottish Government funding programmes and so care should be taken when making comparisons over time.

There were 315 local authority starts in quarter 2 of 2013, bringing the annual total up to 1,189 for the year to end June 2013. This is a 51% increase on the 787 starts in the year to end June 2013.

There were 282 local authority completions in quarter 2 of 2013, bringing the annual total up to 1,010[1] for the year to end June 2013. This is a 17% decrease on 1,217 in the year to end June 2012.

Affordable Housing:

Changes in the funding programme in 2011 and 2012 have impacted on the timing of affordable housing activity as well as the level of activity. As a result care should be taken when making comparisons over time.

In the year to end June 2013 there was a 9% decrease in affordable housing completions (to 6,092) compared with the previous year.



[1] This differs from the 1,116 local authority completions recorded by the AHSP administration system due to different recording practices.

Notes to editors

The key trends summary can be accessed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01060.

The web tables can be accessed through the Housing Statistics for Scotland home page: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS

Further information on housing and regeneration statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About

The supply statistics break down new build construction activity into private and social sector starts and completions, with the social sector further broken down between local authority and registered social landlord (housing association). The figures are as recorded by Local Authority admin systems and the Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) admin system. Private sector construction activity includes not only homes built for private sale but also some homes which are used in the affordable housing sector and self-build activity by local builders.