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Housing & Regeneration montageSummary: Gender and Housing and Regeneration

  • 57% of main tenants taking up new lets in Housing Association homes in 2012/13 were women and 43% were men. The overall population of Scotland aged 16 and over is 52% women and 48% men.

Source: SCORE 2013-14 

Note: Statistics for the Scottish population were taken from the Mid-2015 Population Estimates (Published: 2016)


  • Women are slightly more likely to rate their neighbourhood as a ‘very good’ place to live than men: 58 per cent  compared to 55 per cent.

Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2015.


  • Women are more likely to be long stay residents in care homes than men. In 2016 68% were women whilst 32% were men.

Source: Care Home Census 2016 (Last updated: October 2016)

  • Males were the main applicant in 54% of cases assessed as homeless or potentially homeless in 2016/17. Females were the main applicant in 46% of cases.

Source:  HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017


  • Single women aged 16-17 are more likely to submit a homelessness application than single men of the same age. In 2014-15 809 applications were received from single women aged 16 or 17, whilst 653 were received from single men of this age.

Source: Annual Homelessness Statistics 2014-15


 Useful Links

Gender Page

Housing and Regeneration Page

Publications and Outputs

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.

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 Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender

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.

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 gender


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

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