Scotland

Without central heating

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By tenure

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Graph 3: By local authority

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Map

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph tackles the issue of the standard of housing through the measurement of the proportion of households without central heating, with separate figures for households in the poorest fifth of the population and for households on average incomes.  While the obvious choice for an indicator on housing standards would be one which measures changes in energy efficiency or fuel poverty over time, there is no reliable data on this subject currently available.  In any case, the subject of central heating is important in its own right, with clear commitments from the Scottish Government to have central heating installed throughout the social rented sector everywhere except Glasgow by 2004 and in Glasgow by 2006.

The second graph shows, for the latest year, how the proportion varies by housing tenure.

The data source for the first and second graphs is the Family Resources Survey (FRS).  Income is household disposable income, equivalised (adjusted) to take account of household composition and is measured after deducting housing costs.  The missing years in the first graph are because the question about central heating is only asked in some years.   Also note that the question has not been asked since 2003/04.

The third graph show how the proportion of households without central heating varies by local authority.  The map shows how the proportion of households without central heating varies at a small area level (the 2001 Census output areas).  The data is from the 2001 Census (table KS19).

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  The FRS is a well-established, regular government survey, designed to be nationally representative, but the question has not been included in the survey since 2003/04.

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