CIH Scotland comments on new Scottish household projections
Newly published 2014-based figures projecting the number and type of households there will be in Scotland by 2039 were published this week by the National Records of Scotland.
Commenting on the figures, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland executive director Annie Mauger said: ‘ These figures confirm again the average size of household in Scotland is continuing to fall and is set to reduce from 2.17 in 2014 to 2.01 by 2039. The percentage of Scots living alone is projected to reach 24 per cent by 2039 while the percentage of Scottish households in the age group 75 or older will increase from 13 per cent to 20 per cent over that same period
‘All of these factors will combine to place sustained pressure on housing in Scotland, emphasising once again the critical importance of increasing the supply of homes across all tenures. Trends towards an ageing population and more people living alone also underline what a critical role housing has to play in the Scottish Government’s current policy of integrating health and social care. With that in mind, we are keen to ensure that the housing sector continues to be fully involved in the implementation of that policy.’