Significant growth in house building in Scotland with council house completions SIX times higher per head than in England

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SIX years of growth.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-published-17-december-2019/pages/1/

In 2018/2019 there has been dramatic growth in housebuilding across most sectors with starts up 22% and completions up 18%. Some particularly encouraging extracts from Housing statistics for Scotland quarterly update: December 2019:

New Build Housing – All Sectors – up to end June 2019

There were 5,342 new build homes completed between April and June 2019; a 2% increase (111 homes) on the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for the year to end June 2019 to 21,403, up 18% (3,210 homes) compared to the 18,193 completed in the previous year.

There were 5,620 new build homes started between April and June 2019, 18% more (857 homes) than the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for the year to end June 2019 to 23,700 which is up 22% (4,340 homes) compared to the 19,360 homes started in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Social Sector Housing (Housing Association and Local Authority combined) – up to end June 2019

There were 856 social sector completions between April and June 2019; 19% less than the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for the year to end June 2019 to 5,378. This is a 13% increase on the 4,778 social sector completions in the previous year.

Meanwhile, 1,193 social sector homes were started between April and June 2019; 5% more than the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for the year to end June 2019 to 6,776. This is a 2% increase on the 6,611 social sector starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures – up to end September 2019 

Between July and September 2019, 1,317 social sector homes were completed (2% less than the 1,346 completions in the same quarter in 2018), and 1,342 were started (39% more than the same quarter in the previous year). This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end September 2019 to 5,349 (a 6% increase on the 5,070 social sector homes completed in the previous year). Total starts over the 12 months to end September 2019 are now at 7,154 (7% more than the 6,707 started in the previous year). 

New Build Housing – Local Authority Homes – up to end June 2019

There were 446 local authority completions between April and June 2019, which is a 9% increase (38 homes) than the number that were completed in the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for year ending June 2019 to 1,451. This is a 4% (64 homes) decrease on the 1,515 completions in the previous year.

There were 486 local authority starts between April and June 2019; 7% less than in the same quarter in the previous year. This brings the total for year ending June 2019 to 1,844. This is a 6% (109 homes) increase on the 1,735 starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures – up to end September 2019

Between July and September 2019, 421 local authority houses were completed (29% more than the same quarter in the previous year), and 596 were started (66% more than in the same quarter in the previous year). This brings the total completions for the year to end September 2019 to 1,546, which is 5% more than the previous year. Total starts for the 12 months to end September 2019 now stands at 2,082 which is an increase of 22% on the 1,705 local authority homes started in the previous year.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-published-17-december-2019/pages/2/

While private housebuilding in England is running at around twice the rate, pro rata of that in Scotland, the crucial local authority supply lags well behind. Comparing the 1 451 completions in Scotland with the 2 560 completions reported in England for the same year we get a very sad picture. With ten times the population you might expect around 14 500 completions but there were only 2 560, 1.76 times the rate and thus nearly six times worse.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/housing/datasets/ukhousebuildingpermanentdwellingsstartedandcompleted

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

2 thoughts on “Significant growth in house building in Scotland with council house completions SIX times higher per head than in England

  1. FOUND! IN THE GLASGOW TRIANGLE

    A PATIENT’S TRAVELS THROUGH THREE GLASGOW HOSPITALS

    I live some distance from major medical centres.

    I was recently referred from my home area to the Glasgow Hospital Area for investigation, diagnosis and treatment for a very rapidly deterioring ondition.

    I received a quick appointment and was seen on time.The consultant soon decided that the suspected diagnosis did not explain the distress I was in. He immediately referred me to a second Glasgow hospital which had the necessary expertise and infrastructure to contiue with the investigation. After very quick tests, scans then more scans, diagnosis was made and treatment begun almost immediately.

    Further investigation showed serious developing problems and I was admitted to the second hospital for more tests. Shortly afterwards I was taken to a third Glasgow hospital with the expertise and equipment necessary for a precisely targeted approach to my treatment.

    I returned to the second hospital to continue and to be made ready to return home safely and ready for more treatment.

    This is an amazing system of co-ordinated medical care.

    Throughout I was treated with dignity, courtesy and respect while being advised, guided and helped by teams of totally dedicated professionals working at impressive speeds through complex, sophisticated infrastructures and procedures.

    I did nothing.

    I cannot speak too highly of the care I received. Truly superior professional achievement at the highest level working in harmony for the common good. Thank you so much.

    Unfortunately there are some people in Scotland whose primary purpose seems to be informing us only about the bad things we have and the good things we’ll never have. Among a number of such groups seems to be BBC Scotland based at Pacific Quay. Please co-operate, combine your talents, question their motives rigorously and publically and don’t hesitate to ask them to justify their attacks. Follow up by taking all necessary steps to ensure the protection of such a priceless Scottish asset.

    Please circulate this around ALL the hospital workforce. Thank you.

    Ronald Maclean.
    Island of Lewis

    I addressed this to my msp Alasdair Allan with copies to; Nicola Sturgeon; Jeane Freeman; Richard Leonard; Monica Lennon; Alison Johnstone; Patrick Harvie; Willie Rennie; The National; I tried but failed to reach Philippa Whitford.

    I hope it’s of some interest

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