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Social Tenants In Scotland, 2016

13th February 2018

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Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Social Tenants in Scotland 2016, the second annual statistical compendium publication on social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland, covering topic areas such as stock, household characteristics, housing flows, and rents and income levels. The publication is based on an analysis of a range of existing data sources, and includes trend data for earlier years and comparisons with other housing tenures and with other parts of the UK where possible.

Numbers of Social Tenants and Social Housing Stock Provision

There were an estimated 1.17 million people living in social rented housing in Scotland in 2016, a similar figure to the estimated 1.14 million people in the previous year.

Social rented housing stock in 2016 was provided by 161 housing associations and 26 out of 32 local authorities. (With 6 authorities no longer managing housing stock due to previous stock transfers to housing associations).

Social rented housing stock in 2016 totalled 594,458 units (316,553 local authority properties and 277,905, housing association properties), a slight decrease of 594 (0.1%) homes from 595,052 units in 2015.

Local authorities generally had a larger size of stock in 2016 compared to housing associations, with almost two-thirds (65%) of the 26 local authorities having stock levels between 5,001 and 20,000 homes, whilst more than eight in ten (83%) housing associations had stock levels of 2,500 homes or less.

71% of housing associations operated in a single local authority area in 2016, 19% operated in 2 to 5 different local authority areas, whilst the remaining 10% operated across 6 or more local authority areas.

At a Scotland level 53% of social rented housing stock in 2016 was owned by local authorities, with 47% being owned by housing associations.

In 2015 Scotland had a higher proportion of social renting stock (23%) compared to both England (17%) and Wales (16%).

The full statistical publication is available online -

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