Scottish Housing Day poll

83% of Scots are satisfied with their current housing situation while 16% are not, according to an exclusive new opinion poll commissioned to coincide with Scottish Housing Day. The poll also found that three quarters of Scots aspire to own their own home and that young adults face the biggest gap between their current housing situation and the type of housing in which they would ideally like to live.

Carried out by Progressive Scottish Opinion in conjunction with YouGov, the opinion poll asked 1,021 Scottish adults a series of questions about their current housing situation, the type of housing they expect to be living in in five years’ time as well as the type of housing they would ideally like to live in five years from now. The results are weighted to be representative of the Scottish population as a whole in terms of age, gender, education level, social status and geographic location.

Responding to the poll, 41% described themselves as ‘very satisfied’ with their current housing situation, be that as an owner occupier, renting from a private landlord, social renting or one of a range of other options. A further 42% said they were ‘fairly satisfied’ with their current housing situation while 11% said they were ‘fairly unsatisfied’ and 5% said they were ‘very unsatisfied’.

58% of respondents to the poll are currently owner occupiers with a further 14% living in the private rented sector and 17% living in social rented accommodation provided either by a housing association or their local authority. A further 10% currently live with parents, family or friends, either paying rent or rent-free.

The results of the poll suggest that owner occupation is still the preferred housing situation for the majority of Scots with 76% of those surveyed saying they would like to own their own home in the future, either outright or with a mortgage. The largest gap between people’s current housing situation, their future expectation and where they would ideally like to live is to be found in the 18 to 24 year-old age group. Only 6% of people from this age group identified themselves as owner occupiers right now. 29% of 18 to 24-year olds expect to become owner occupiers in five years’ time compared to 62% who would ideally like to own their own home by then. 46% of 18 to 24-year-olds expect to be living in the private rented sector by 2022, the highest percentage of any age group responding to the survey.

Building on the success of the inaugural day held in September 2016, this year’s Scottish Housing Day (Thursday, 21st September) aims to give the public easier access to the resources they need to make properly informed housing decisions. A broad range of local events are scheduled to take place throughout the day, hosted by a variety of housing organisations with the aim of raising public awareness of housing options and the great work people in housing do.

Scottish Housing Day 2017 is being led by a range of housing sector partners including the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland in partnership with Shelter Scotland, the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) Scotland, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), the Tenant Networks, Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“We welcome the findings of this poll and I’m proud to support this year’s Scottish Housing Day- a day that celebrates everything the housing sector is doing to improve people’s lives.

“The Scottish Government is investing more than £3 billion in affordable housing to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes during the lifetime of this Parliament and we will continue to increase access to high-quality, energy-efficient and affordable homes.

“Our More Homes Scotland approach supports the supply of homes across all tenures and we will work closely with the housing sector to progress the construction of new homes and create jobs in construction industry.

“As well as our investment in affordable homes, we are supporting up to 5,000 households to buy their own home through the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme and the new Help to Buy (Scotland) schemes. And with the new Private Residential Tenancy coming in from December 2017, we will deliver greater security and stability for tenants in the private rented sector.”

CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger commented:

“As we mark this year’s Scottish Housing Day, it’s important to reflect that, in general terms, the Scottish population is better housed today than it has ever been. At the same time, this opinion poll also illustrates some of the challenges we face in matching the general population’s future housing aspirations with the realities of what is actually available. This is particularly true for Scottish adults in the youngest age bracket.

“The results of this poll also reinforce the view that it is right for the housing sector to continue to prioritise the delivery of more homes across a range of tenures as well as driving up standards in the private rented sector while also providing sustainable long-term housing solutions for our ageing population. Hopefully, the activities taking place this Scottish Housing Day will help to stimulate an ongoing debate on how we address these and other issues in Scottish housing – and provide the public at large with more of the information they need to be able to make informed housing choices.”

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org
  2. Scottish Housing Day 2017 takes place on Thursday, 21st September 2017. The initiative is being led by CIH Scotland in partnership with a range of housing sector partners including Shelter Scotland, the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) Scotland, the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF), the Tenant Networks, Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL). Further information about Scottish Housing Day is available at www.scottishhousingday.co.uk and by searching social media using the dedicated Twitter account @scothousingday and the hash tag #scottishhousingday.
  3. All figures from the opinion poll, unless otherwise stated, are from Progressive Partnership in conjunction with YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,021 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th and 7th September 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).

The following tables summarise selected key findings from the poll:

Satisfaction rating

Q2. In general, how satisfied or unsatisfied are you with your current housing situation (please select the option that best applies)?

  • People living in the South of Scotland seem to be the least happy with their housing situation, with 79% describing themselves as satisfied compared to 19% who said they were not.
  • People living in Mid-Scotland and Fife are happiest overall with 87% saying they are satisfied and 11% saying they are unsatisfied.
Region Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Net satisfied Fairly unsatisfied Very unsatisfied Net unsatisfied Don’t know
NE Scotland 41% 46% 87% 9% 4% 13% 1%
Highlands & Islands 43% 36% 79% 9% 8% 18% 3%
South Scotland 39% 41% 79% 15% 4% 19% 2%
West Scotland 43% 41% 84% 11% 3% 14% 2%
Central 49% 34% 83% 8% 9% 17%
Mid-Scotland & Fife 41% 46% 87% 5% 6% 11% 1%
Lothians 42% 41% 84% 15% 1% 16%
Glasgow 35% 45% 80% 14% 4% 18% 2%
Scotland 41% 42% 83% 11% 5% 16% 1%

Regional results: 3 main tenures

Q1. Which ONE, if any, of the following best describes your current housing situation?

  • The proportion of local residents who are owner occupiers ranges from 65% in the Highlands and Islands to 51% in Glasgow.
  • The percentage of the local population currently living in private rented accommodation ranges from 21% in Glasgow to just 6% in Central and West Scotland.
  • As many as 24% of people living in Central Scotland are social renters compared to just 12% in the Highlands and Islands.

Q3. Which ONE, if any, of the following BEST describes what you think your housing situation will be in five years’ time (i.e. in September 2022)?

  • At 66%, a higher percentage of people living in Glasgow than anywhere else in Scotland expect to be owner occupiers in five years’ time.
  • 17% of Lothians residents expect to be living in the private rented sector five years from now, a higher proportion than anywhere else.
  • At 23%, the highest percentage of the local population who expect to be living in social rented accommodation in 2022 is to be found in Central Scotland.

Q4. Which ONE, if any, of the following BEST describes what you would like your housing situation to be in five years’ time (i.e. in September 2022)?

  • The highest proportion of local residents who aspire to be owner occupiers by 2022 is to be found in Glasgow, at 83%.
  • The region of Central Scotland has the highest rate of aspiration to be social tenants at 15%
  • 8% of people living in the Lothians aspire to be private renters in five years’ time, higher than any other region.
Region Tenure à Owner occupier Private Renting Social Renting
NE Scotland Q1. Current situation 58% 17% 16%
Q3. Expectation 65% 8% 11%
Q4. Aspiration 81% 3% 7%
Highlands & Islands Q1. Current situation 63% 9% 12%
Q3. Expectation 62% 10% 12%
Q4. Aspiration 78% 2% 10%
South Scotland Q1. Current situation 60% 14% 16%
Q3. Expectation 60% 12% 13%
Q4. Aspiration 76% 4% 7%
West Scotland Q1. Current situation 60% 6% 20%
Q3. Expectation 65% 9% 19%
Q4. Aspiration 77% 3% 10%
Central Q1. Current situation 58% 6% 24%
Q3. Expectation 60% 6% 23%
Q4. Aspiration 70% 3% 15%
Mid-Scotland & Fife Q1. Current situation 59% 16% 18%
Q3. Expectation 59% 9% 18%
Q4. Aspiration 70% 5% 12%
Lothians Q1. Current situation 53% 20% 14%
Q3. Expectation 55% 17% 13%
Q4. Aspiration 74% 8% 9%
Glasgow Q1. Current situation 51% 21% 13%
Q3. Expectation 66% 9% 10%
Q4. Aspiration 83% 3% 8%
Scotland Q1. Current situation 58% 14% 17%
Q3. Expectation 62% 10% 15%
Q4. Aspiration 76% 4% 9%

Age-based results

Q1. Which ONE, if any, of the following best describes your current housing situation?

Q3. Which ONE, if any, of the following BEST describes what you think your housing situation will be in five years’ time (i.e. in September 2022)?

Q4. Which ONE, if any, of the following BEST describes what you would like your housing situation to be in five years’ time (i.e. in September 2022)?

Age group Tenure à Owner occupier Private Renting Social Renting Living with parents / family / friends
18-24 Q1. Current situation 6% 42% 4% 45%
Q3. Expectation 29% 46% 3% 3%
Q4. Aspiration 62% 23% 4% 1%
25-34 Q1. Current situation 40% 20% 22% 16%
Q3. Expectation 57% 10% 13% 0%
Q4. Aspiration 79% 4% 4% 0%
35-44 Q1. Current situation 59% 13% 21% 8%
Q3. Expectation 71% 3% 18% 3%
Q4. Aspiration 85% 10% 1%
45-54 Q1. Current situation 59% 12% 20% 8%
Q3. Expectation 64% 8% 21% 2%
Q4. Aspiration 77% 1% 15% 1%
55+ Q1. Current situation 78% 4% 16% 0%
Q3. Expectation 67% 3% 16% 0%
Q4. Aspiration 76% 1% 11% 0%
Total Q1. Current situation 58% 14% 17% 10%
Q3. Expectation 61% 10% 15% 1%
Q4. Aspiration 76% 4% 9% 1%

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