In the Herald today:
Calls are being made for tens of thousands more social homes to be built in Scotland amid concerns the lack of it stops people leaving an abusive partner. Figures from Shelter Scotland show 4,832 applications were made to councils from people experiencing homelessness who said they left their old address due to violence or abuse, between April 2019 and March.
I’m all for Shelter Scotland. I have a charitable standing order and recycle my book purchase through them. I’ve given them several kids bikes over the years.
But, this report needs a little background context on social housing in Scotland
8% OF THE POPULATION BUT 15% OF THE SOCIAL HOUSING
The table above shows the level of house building including social housing, in Scotland since 2008. The contrast with England, 10 times the population, is stark:
Here’s some more:
From Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update published by the Scottsish Government yesterday:
Between 2007/08 and 2017/18, the annual average supply of affordable housing per head of population in Scotland has been 13.4 homes per 10,000 population, higher than England (9.5 homes per 10,000 population), Wales (7.6 homes per 10,000 population), and Northern Ireland (10.2homes per 10,000 population). In 2018/19 the figures were 17.5 homes per 10,000 population in Scotland, 10.2 in England, and 8.2 in Wales.