Has ‘affordable housing’ remained affordable across Scotland?

By: Shelter Scotland
Published: November 2020

Has ‘affordable housing’ remained affordable across Scotland?

In this report we consider the degree to which housing that is nominally ‘affordable’ in Scotland has remained so over the period 2013/14-2018/19.

Our findings show remarkable geographic variability. Some local authorities in Scotland have seen modest increases in social rents between 2013/14-2018/19. However, in virtually all cases increases in social rents have far outstripped changes in household incomes. This is true for the change in median household incomes in Scotland (4% over the period 2013/14-2018/19) and more so for those households already in socially rented accommodation where household incomes have increased just 0.8% over the same time frame that social rents have increased, on average, 16%.

The document concludes by identifying some areas that merit further investigation with regard to rent setting policies in the social rented sector.