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Housing Statistics for Scotland - Public Authority Housing Stock

Social Housing

Public Authority Housing Stock

  • Public authority stock levels have been decreasing each year since the 1980s. This is mainly due to tenants buying their homes under right to buy coupled with a decline in the number of new public authority dwellings being built (although this has reversed in the last few years), as well as community ownership programmes whereby a public authority transfers either all or part of its housing stock and management function to registered social landlords (RSLs).
  • The New Towns established during the 40s, 50s and 60s were wound up in the mid 90s, with most of the stock being transferred to other public authorities. Between 1990 and 2005, Scottish Homes transferred about 75,000 units previously owned by the Scottish Special Housing Association to housing associations and co-operatives.
  • During 2003, three councils transferred their stock to RSLs (Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow and Scottish Borders). While the decrease in housing stock had been running at 3%-4% per year since the late 1990s, primarily due to right to buy sales, the transfers resulted in loss of over 20% of the total stock. Argyll & Bute and Na h-Eileanan Siar transferred their stock in late 2006, and Inverclyde transferred its stock in December 2007. Together, these resulted in the loss of a further 4% of stock.
  • Latest figures for social sector stock (local authorities and housing associations) as at March 2018 show that of the 595,881 units, 53% are owned by local authorities. This represents a substantial change since the mid 1990s when public authorities owned nearly 90% of the 783,000 units of social rented stock. The increased contribution of registered social landlords to the social rented sector is reflected in rising RSL stock levels since the late 1990s. There were 314,482 local authority units at March 2018.
  • Stock figures for registered social landlords are are available from the statistics section of the Scottish Housing Regulator website.

Web Tables

The public sector housing stock tables contain time series tables of stock owned by local authorities and Scottish Homes, by:

  • type of property (house, high rise flat, tenement flat, 4 in a block, other flat/maisonette)
  • year of construction (pre-1919, 1919-1944, 1945-1964, 1965-1982, post-1982)
  • construction type (traditional, non-traditional)
  • normal use of stock (normal letting stock, temporary accommodation for the homeless, other)