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Summary: Age and Housing and Regeneration

Housing & Regeneration montageSummary: Age and Housing and Regeneration

  • Homelessness is biased towards younger age groups.  For example,  in 2016/17 10% of main applicants assessed as homeless or potentially homeless were aged 16 to 19 years old.  However only 1% of households in Scotland are headed by someone aged 16 to 19 years old.  Similarly, 20 to 24 year olds make up 17% of cases assessed as homeless or potentially homeless, but only 4% of households are headed by someone in this age group.


    Source: HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017 and NRS Household Projections for Scotland, 2014-based (31 January 2017)


  • Around 18% of new lets by Registered Social Landlords were to households including at least one older person (aged 60 and over). This figure has remained relatively constant since 2007-08, with a low of 16% in 2013-14 and a high of 19% on 2008-09.

Source: SCORE Annual Report  2014-15


  • Older households had the highest rate of fuel poverty amongst household types; 45% in 2015.

Source: Scottish House Conditions Survey, 2015


  • People aged 55 and over are consistently more likely to rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live when compared to the population as a whole, with over 75s the most likely. Whilst those aged 34 and under are less likely rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live.  
  • Perceptions of neighbourhood problems generally decrease as age increases: 16% of adults aged 16-24 viewed ‘rowdy behaviour’ as ‘very/fairly common’ in their neighbourhood, compared to 2% those aged 75 and over. 
  • The likelihood of adults feeling a ‘very strong’ sense of belonging to their community increases with age. In 2015, 45% of 60-74 year olds and 54% of those aged 75 and over reported feeling a ‘very strong’ sense of community belonging, compared to 22% of 16-24 and 25-34 year olds respectively.
  • Pensioner only households are more likely to live in a house than a flat, with 70 69% living in a house.

Source: Scottish House Conditions Survey, 2015


Useful Links

Age page

Housing and Regeneration page

Publications and Output

Publications and Outputs

Specialist Provision Evidence Finder (July 2015) A resource collating policies, strategies, guides, statistics and research on the provision of specialist housing and housing-related services in Scotland.

Housing issues for older people in rural areas (2008) This think piece offers expert reflections on policy actions inferred from the evidence base on older people's housing and support needs in rural Scotland.

Social Tenants in Scotland 2016 (February 2018) A statistical compendium presenting an overview of social tenants and social rented housing. Covers age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

Scottish House Conditions Survey 2016 (December 2017) Statistics from the Scottish House Conditions survey, including fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is reported for households including a person over 65, and by income


Housing Statistics for Scotland - Housing for Older People, those with Disabilities and those with Supported Tenancies (September 2017) A range of statistics about housing for older people, those with disabilities and those with supported tenancies is provided by both public authorities and housing associations (2001-2012). Includes analysis of housing that is very sheltered, sheltered, medium dependency, adapted for wheelchair and ambulant disabled.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.

Domestic Abuse, Housing and Homelessness in Scotland: An Evidence Review (October 2010) This review provides some secondary analysis of relevant homelessness and housing statistics to provide a more in-depth overview of the scale of domestic abuse as a contributory factor to homelessness in Scotland.

The Impact of Population Ageing on Housing in Scotland (July 2010) This study provides analysis of the impact of population ageing on housing in Scotland. This looks at issues relating to housing stock, support services, adaptations and further related questions.

Review of the private rented sector volume 2: Views and experiences of tenants in the private rented sector in Scotland (March 2009) As part of wider SG review on the Private Rented Sector, this report looks at the views and experiences of tenants in the sector in Scotland. Covers age, ethnicity and gender



Scottish Government Survey Data

SCORE - SCORE microdata are available on request from the Scottish Government subject to data users signing a data access agreement. Requests can be made to the CHMA mailbox

Scottish House Conditions Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish House Conditions Survey data. Subject to small numbers and disclosure control, it is possible to request ad hoc analysis of any of the housing variables on the SHS and SHCS by age, gender, disability and ethnicity and also religion in the case of the SHS. Data requests should be made to the SHS Mailbox or the SHCS Mailbox.

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by age group


Future Developments

Future Developments

2011 Census results.  The 2011 Census included a range of housing questions on house type, tenure, size, occupancy and type of landlord.   Data users will be able to analyse these findings by age, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability or by any other of the Census variable they are interested in.  A new and more detailed ethnicity question was included on the Census and should allow more detailed data analysis for this group.  The first Census findings are due to be released by the National Records of Scotland in stages throughout 2013/14.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Getting Behind the Statistics: Update for 2016-17 (January 2018) This report aims to consider the operation of these legislative rights through available statistics and identify what these may mean for policymaking.

External Research Organisations

Housing Support Enabling Unit - Provides information and research about housing support in Scotland

Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Carries out research and analysis of poverty in Scotland and the UK

Scottish Women's Aid - Provides support, information and research about domestic abuse in Scotland

Shelter - Provides information and research about homelessness in Scotland



Housing and Regeneration




Centre for Housing Market Analysis

Communities Analytical Services

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