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S5W-11428: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) housing association, (b) local authority and (c) private sector-run (i) sheltered and (ii) very sheltered homes there are.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 2 October 2017

The answers to each part of the question have been given, where possible, in the following paragraphs.

(a) Figures on sheltered housing provided by housing associations are not held centrally by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Housing Regulator collect data on stock held by social landlords, including information on the number of sheltered and very sheltered housing units owned by housing associations. This information is not currently published but can be requested from the Scottish Housing Regulator.

(b) The Scottish Government collects and publishes annual statistics on local authority owned sheltered and very sheltered housing for older people, as part of the Housing Statistics for Scotland annual Key Trends publication series, available at

The most recent figures as at end March 2017 show that there were (i) 14,216 sheltered housing dwellings for older people and (ii) 725 very sheltered housing dwellings for older people owned by local authorities in Scotland.

(c) Figures on the number of sheltered housing units that are run by the private sector are not held centrally. A Scottish Government review of sheltered housing from 2008 estimated that there were around 36,000 sheltered housing dwellings in total across all sectors, with a further 3,700 dwellings in extra care schemes. The report, which includes some analysis of sheltered housing provided by the private sector, is available here: