House-building is higher in Scotland

House-building across all sectors remains higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK, despite a decline in the completion of new homes.

The latest Scottish government figures show that in 2012/13 the number of new-build completions across all sectors fell from 15,940 to 13,803.

The rate per 100,000 population for total completions in Scotland is 259.8 for the year to the end of March 2013. The Scottish rate remained higher than for the rest of the UK last year.

The number of new local authority homes started in the year to June 30, 2013, was 1189 – the second highest figure for this period since 1988. This brings the number of new local authority homes started to more than 4000 in the past four years.