Scottish Government publishes Scottish house condition survey: 2018 key findings

logoThe Scottish Government has published figures from the 2018 house condition survey, which includes topics areas such as Key Attributes, Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty, Perceptions and Experiences and Housing Conditions.

The Scottish Government writes:

  1. The statistics reported in this publication are based on a national survey of the housing stock, the only one of its kind in Scotland, which is part of the Scottish Household Survey (SHS). Until 2012 it was carried out as a stand-alone survey under the name Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS). Following the review of the large-scale Scottish population surveys, the SHCS was incorporated within the SHS and became one of its modules. We continue to report the results from this module of the SHS under the name Scottish House Condition Survey.
  2. The SHCS consists of an interview with householders and a physical inspection of the dwelling they occupy, which provides a picture of Scotland’s occupied housing stock. It covers all types of households and dwellings across the country – whether owned or rented, flats or houses. The physical data about the dwelling is recorded by surveyors trained to collect detailed information on housing characteristics. This is combined with information about the household collected through a face to face interview with the householder. The interview covers a range of topics such as household characteristics, tenure, neighbourhood satisfaction, dwelling satisfaction, health status, income, etc. The result is a unique and powerful data set for examining the condition and characteristics of Scotland’s housing stock alongside the views and experience of the people living in those dwellings.
  3. This is the fifteenth ‘Key Findings’ report…
  4. In 2018 there were 2,964 surveyed properties. Statistics published in this report are based on fieldwork undertaken during 2018. A small proportion (3%) of the household interviews took place in the first quarter of 2019.
  5. In 2009, the SHCS was designated as a National Statistics product by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA)…
  1. The remainder of this report covers the following topics:
  • Key Attributes of the Scottish Housing Stock: this chapter describes key characteristics of the housing stock such as dwelling type and age of construction, main heating fuel in use, their location in relation to the gas grid, and the characteristics of the households that occupy them.
  • Energy Efficiency: this chapter presents an analysis of the energy efficiency of the housing stock including presence and level of insulation.
  • Fuel Poverty: this chapter presents an analysis of the number and characteristics of households in fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty under the new definition following amendments agreed at Stage 2 of the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) Bill. It also examines the key drivers of fuel poverty and how they have changed over time.
  • Perceptions and Experiences: this chapter examines householders’ reports of their experience and satisfaction with heating and the extent to which they monitor their use of energy.
  • Housing Conditions: this part of the report provides information on the number of dwellings in compliance with the tolerable standard and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS). It also covers the presence of dampness, condensation and disrepair as well as some indicators of overcrowding and under-occupation.
  • Technical Notes: the final chapter in the report provides information about the content of the survey and the definition of some of the key concepts used. Discussion on the statistical reliability of the estimates is also included.

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