Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit

Completed Projects

Project Title:

Housing tenure change 1991-2001 in Scotland, Glasgow Conurbation and Glasgow City

Project Number:



Jan Freeke (Glasgow City Council - Development and Regeneration Services)
David Webster (Glasgow City Council - Development and Regeneration Services)

Start Date:

Approved on 24-05-2007


Background information to the present study can be found on the Glasgow City Council website:  [no longer available]

The Glasgow City Local Housing Strategy has to be updated and an assessment of social housing demand in Glasgow for the period to 2019 is a crucial component in this update. As part of this exercise, work has recently been undertaken to project population and households for Glasgow City by tenure, using the simple split: (1) private sector and communal establishments and (2) social rented sector.

This study has links with the recent Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Structure Plan update, in particular the private sector housing demand assessment, as described in the technical report TR 1/06 Review of Supply and Demand for Housing. This is available on the website:

In order to assess the requirement for social rented housing in Glasgow, there is a need to know the likely size and characteristics of Glasgow’s population in social rented housing in future years. As a basis for an assessment of future change, it is important to identify the factors, which influenced the changes in the recent past. Between 1991 and 2001, the social rented housing sector lost around 10,000 people per year through net outflow, with an additional loss of around 1,500 per year through natural change. It is important to investigate the components of the sizeable tenure change in 1991-2001 and relate this to the considerable reduction in net outflow, which has taken place since 2001.

The main aim of the present study is to investigate housing tenure change in Glasgow City in 1991-2001 as the basis for an assessment of likely tenure change in the future.

Another issue of investigation is the relationship between tenure and migration. This requires consideration of tenure change in the wider Glasgow Conurbation and in the Rest of Scotland.

Of particular interest are also the relationships between:

  1. tenure change and socio-economic change, and,
  2. tenure change and household change by type

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