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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