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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

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 today (31st January) by the National Records of Scotland.

Commenting on the figures, CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger said:

“These figures confirm once again that 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% by 2039 while the percentage of Scottish households in the age group 75 or older will increase from 13% to 20% 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.”



Notes to Editors

1. Updated 2014-projections on the number of households in Scotland were published today (31st January 2017) by the National Records of Scotland:

2. 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:

3. For further information, please contact: Annie Mauger, Executive Director, Devolved Nations, CIH - or 0131 225 4544.

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