Research and data in the Scottish Borders: Place


Why is it important to have statistics about housing?

Local Authorities set their outcomes and objectives within the context of the Scottish Government National Performance framework, which is themed around our children, our communities, our economy, reducing poverty and increasing environmental sustainability. Housing is a cross-cutting theme in all these objectives. A good range and choice of housing for all family sizes, life stages and budgets is essential to making the region a vibrant, safe, affordable, nurturing and equal-opportunities place to live.

Scottish Borders plays its part in the National Performance Framework by working towards making our region the best place in Scotland for every Scottish Borders citizen to live, regardless of their protected characteristics. For this, we need robust information to measure how we are performing as a society and within our communities.

Scottish Borders policy framework 

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years.  It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the strategic assessment.

Data on housing are built in to all our Corporate Priorities as a cross-cutting theme, indicating that it is central to everything we do. It is also key to Corporate Priority one in our Corporate Plan: encouraging and sustaining economic growth. You can see how we are doing so far on this priority in our annual Corporate Performance Annual Report 2020-21 .

Our Housing services are managed by the Executive Directorate, particularly within the Housing Strategy service area.  Our Housing services and areas of interest include:

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform our Housing development, across a wide range of topic areas.

Household characteristics

  • number of households and dwelings
  • housing density
  • household size
  • occupancy and vacancy levels
  • second-homes and single occupancy dwellings
  • Council Tax Band
  • dwelling type, number of rooms
  • household projections


  • number and rate of homelessness applications
  • outcome of homelessness applications
  • homeless deaths

Housing market

  • average property prices
  • affordability of residential properties: residence-based and workplace-based
  • new-build sales
  • house sales and mortgage availability  

Housing conditions

  • homes in disrepair by dwelling and household characteristics
  • children living in homes in disrepair

Home safety

  • accidental and non-accidental dwelling fires
  • unintended injury in the home: children and older people

Fuel poverty

  • fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty by characteristics of property, tenure type, energy consumption and household type
  • households with children in fuel poverty

Domestic energy consumption

  • domestic gas and electricity consumption
  • other types of fuel consumption
  • measurement and public awareness of energy consumption to reduce fuel poverty

Official statistics are available on these topics, sometimes at a choice of different levels of geographical detail. If you would like help to explore what statistics there are for your area, perhaps to create an area profile or evidence base for a funding application in Scottish Borders, contact the Research and Information team.