Nine in 10 Scottish households satisfied with housing

Total number of households in Scotland increased from 2.19 million in 1999 to 2.48 million in 2018.


High satisfaction with housing and an increase in home ownership among young people are two of the key findings in this year’s Scottish Household Survey.

The annual survey, which has been conducted by the Scottish government since 1999, sets to measure public opinion about how people feel about life in Scotland.

According to reports, in 2018, nine in 10 households (90%) reported that they were very or fairly satisfied with their housing; while the total number of households in Scotland increased by 13% from 2.19 million households in 1999 to 2.48 million households.

Between 2015 and 2018, the report highlights that there has been a decrease of approximately 20,000 private-renting households where the HIH (Highest Income Householder) is aged 16 to 34.

This corresponds with an increase across this period of approximately 30,000 households aged 16 to 34 who own a property with a mortgage.

The proportion of households in the private-rented sector rose from 5% in 1999 (120,000 households) to 15% in 2016 (370,000 households).

The percentage of households in the social-rented sector declined from 32% in 1999 to 23% in 2007, an estimated drop of 150,000 households – but has remained between 22% and 24% of all households since then.

As reported by 24housing, recent findings from the Scottish Regulator also revealed that tenant satisfaction remained high, with nine in 10 social housing tenants satisfied with their landlord’s overall service.

The report also reveals that the percentage of households in owner occupation grew from 61% in 1999 to 66% in 2005 and was stable at around 65% and 66% until 2009, but then declined by an estimated 90,000 households between 2009 and 2014 to 60%.

Meanwhile, internet access in homes is high, and continuing to increase, and the gap in connectivity is narrowing between lower and higher income households.

Satisfaction with Scotland’s schools, healthcare, and public transport hit a record low, while concern about climate change reached a record high.

Responding to the findings, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The Scottish Household Survey is a unique opportunity for people to share their views and experiences and help the government understand how people feel about life in Scotland.

“I am pleased to see the positive trend in the number of households managing well financially in recent years and that the majority are happy with their housing and neighbourhoods.

“It was also interesting to see those who use our local services report to be more satisfied than non-users.”

He added: “The gap in home internet access is also decreasing, and work is ongoing to ensure this continues so that all citizens can benefit from the advantages that access to the internet brings.

“Climate change remains a concern, and people are clearly worried about the negative impacts it will have.

“It is one of the Scottish government’s top priorities, and this year’s Programme for Government committed Scotland to lead the way in tackling this global emergency.”

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