Housing statistics for Scotland

There were 29 per cent fewer houses started in the latest quarter (2010 Q4) than in the same quarter last year. In 2010 as a whole there were 14,498 starts, an 11 per cent reduction compared with 2009.

Private Sector

There were 6 per cent fewer private sector homes completed in the latest quarter (2010 Q4) than in the same quarter last year. In 2010 as a whole there were 11,178 completions, a 3 per cent reduction compared with 2009.

There were 32 per cent fewer private sector starts in the latest quarter (2010 Q4) than in the same quarter last year. In 2010 as a whole there were 8,980 starts, a reduction of 3 per cent compared with 2009.

Affordable Homes (Affordable Housing Investment Programme – AHIP)

There was a 1 per cent decrease in AHIP completions in the latest quarter (2011 Q1) compared with the same quarter last year. There were 7,231 completions in the financial year 2010-11, an 11 per cent decrease compared with 2009-10.

There was a 23 per cent increase in AHIP starts in the latest quarter (2011 Q1) compared with the same quarter last year. However the number of starts in financial year 2010-11 was down 25 per cent on 2009-10.

There was a 34 per cent decrease in AHIP approvals in the latest quarter (2011 Q1) compared with the same quarter last year. There were 6,830 approvals in financial year 2010-11, a 21 per cent decrease compared with 2009-10.

Housing Association Homes

There were 3 per cent fewer housing association houses completed in the latest quarter (2011 Q1) than in the same quarter last year. There were 5,111 completions in financial year 2010-11, an 8per cent reduction compared with 2009-10.

There were 7 per cent fewer housing association houses started in the latest quarter (2011 Q1) than in the same quarter last year. The figure for financial year 2010-11 was 28 per cent down on 2009-10.

There were 42 per cent fewer housing association houses approved in the latest quarter (2011 Q1) than in the same quarter last year. There were 3,369 approvals in financial year 2010-11, a 33 per cent reduction compared with 2009-10.

Local Authority Homes

The number of local authority homes completed in financial year 2010-11 was 583, a 52 per cent increase on the 384 completions in 2009-10.

There were 1,273 local authority homes started in financial year 2010-11, more than double the 546 started in 2009-10.

Sales of local authority dwellings:

Sales of local authority dwellings fell by 2 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009, from 1,610 to 1,583. This continues the declining trend in sales observed over recent years since the introduction of the modernised Right to Buy in 2002.

In 2010 sales under preserved rights represented 83 per cent of sales to sitting tenants, down from 88 per cent in the previous year. There were 264 sales under modernised terms, up from 200 the previous year.

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