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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13322: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of affordable housing in each local authority area is currently occupied by people over 60, also broken down by the category of housing.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 21 December 2017

Information on the current characteristics and composition of households in properties provided thorough particular affordable housing supply programmes is not held centrally. However information on the current age profile of all social rented households in Scotland is available and is published in section 3.2 of the statistical publication ‘Social Tenants in Scotland 2015’, available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/02/8350. This is based on an analysis of Scottish Household Survey data and shows that in the year 2015 an estimated 33 per cent of all social rented households were aged 60 or over, based on the age of the highest-income householder within the property.

The Scottish Household Survey is a face-to-face survey of a sample of people in private residences in Scotland, and so does not cover communal residences such as care homes. In addition the survey does not collect information on categories of affordable housing.

The following table provides estimates at a local authority area level of the proportion of social rented households with a highest income householder aged 60 years or over. Scottish Household Survey data has been combined across the three years 2013 to 2015 to provide more robust estimates at a local authority level.

Social rented households by local authority area, 2013 to 2015 - estimated percentages of households aged 60 years or over, based on the age of the highest income householder:

Local Authority

% Aged 60 years or over

Aberdeen City

37

Aberdeenshire

39

Angus

41

Argyll & Bute

37

Clackmannanshire

38

Dumfries & Galloway

33

Dundee City

34

East Ayrshire

35

East Dunbartonshire

36

East Lothian

39

East Renfrewshire

38

Edinburgh, City of

35

Eilean Siar

30

Falkirk

30

Fife

33

Glasgow City

31

Highland

36

Inverclyde

40

Midlothian

30

Moray

31

North Ayrshire

32

North Lanarkshire

33

Orkney Islands

41

Perth & Kinross

49

Renfrewshire

35

Scottish Borders

35

Shetland Islands

29

South Ayrshire

34

South Lanarkshire

40

Stirling

33

West Dunbartonshire

35

West Lothian

30

Scotland

35

Sample size:

7,360

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2013 to 2015

Note that the Scottish Household Survey is a sample survey and therefore the results provided are subject to a margin of error, and should be considered to be approximate estimates and not exact values. The margins of error for the local authority figures presented in this table range from +/- 2% in Glasgow (where the figure of 31% provided is estimated to be between 29% and 33%), up to +/- 4% in East Ayrshire (where the figure of 35% provided is estimated to be between 31% and 39%).