Research and data in the Scottish Borders: Place

Housing

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 

Our 2022-23 Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next few years.  It consists of six outcome priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the strategic assessment. Housing is part of our infrastructure, which is referenced in Outcome Priority 3: Strong, inclusive economy , transport and infrtastructure". You can see now we are doing in delivering this outcome in our quarterly and annual performance reports

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. Data on households are also collected as demographic information, to monitor how our society is changing over time.

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.

Households and dwellings: characteristics and demography

Homelessness

Housing market

Housing conditions

Official statistics are available on these topics, at Scottish Borders level and sometimes at neighbourhood level. If you work, volunteer or study in the Scottish Borders community and would like help accessing and using these statistics, contact the Research and Information team using the contact details below.

Research and Data in the Scottish Borders

Research and information team

Contact the Corporate Performance and Information Research and Information Team for demographics research-related enquiries

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells
Melrose
TD6 0SA

Telephone: 01835 824 000