Scotland’s household numbers projected to rise with most growth among older people

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017
Demography news release image

Statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that the number of households in Scotland is projected to continue to increase, rising by 345,000 between 2014 and 2039.

The number of households headed by someone aged 70 or over is projected to increase by 65 per cent, compared to an increase of just two per cent for those under 70. Older people are more likely to live alone than younger people, and the number of people aged 70 and over living alone is projected to increase by 60 per cent over the next 25 years, to 150,000 men and 260,000 women. The gender difference reflects women’s greater life expectancy and tendency to outlive their partners.

Tim Ellis, National Records of Scotland (NRS) Chief Executive and Registrar General, said:

“The figures published today by National Records of Scotland show a projected 345,000 extra households in Scotland in 2039 compared to 2014. This is partly because Scotland’s population is projected to increase in this period, but also because of our ageing population. Older people are more likely to live alone than younger people, and as more people live alone or in smaller households, the number of households will rise at a faster rate than the population.”

Projected number of households in Scotland by age of head of household, 2014 and 2039

Image showing number of households by age of the head of household with the largest increase in the older age groups

Household numbers are projected to increase in almost every Council area over the next 25 years. The largest projected increases are in Midlothian and the City of Edinburgh. Household numbers are projected to fall in just three Council areas (Inverclyde, Argyll and Bute and Na h-Eileanan Siar).

The full publication Household Projections for Scotland, 2014-based is available on this website.

An infographic overview and an interactive visualisation are also available on the website.



Love and War: Birth, Death and Marriage Records Released Today

Thursday, 5 Jan 2017
Photograph of a couple married in 1941

The annual release of births, deaths and marriages on ScotlandsPeople by the National Records of Scotland includes digital images of 110,000 birth entries from 1916, more than 47,000 marriage entries from 1941 and 64,000 death entries from 1966. They are now available for members of the public to search, view and save.

Among the notable Scots whose births were registered in 1916 are Jessie Kesson, the author of ‘Another Time, Another Place’ and ‘The White Bird Passes’, and Jack Milroy, the comedian who partnered Ricki Fulton on stage. We also explore the battles and heroes who inspired babies’ names during the First World War.

From the marriages registered in 1941 we feature the story behind the wedding photograph belonging to a ScotlandsPeople user, and a contrasting tale of a Clydebank couple whose marriage was cut short by war. Of the 64,000 deaths in 1966 we have selected Alexander Carrick, one of Scotland’s leading monumental sculptors.

Learn more about their stories on the ScotlandsPeople website.

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

"The releases of these records give us a richer understanding of Scotland’s story and our people. The marriage certificates from the early '40s in particular provide further insight into the consequences of the Second World War, and how it affected the things we take for granted today.

"I’d encourage anyone interested in finding out more about their local history or genealogy to have a look at the wealth of records now available as part of our new ScotlandsPeople website. No matter where you are in the world, you can instantly find out more about your own personal story."

Every year on 1 January new data collected by the Registrar General for Scotland becomes available to the public online via the ScotlandsPeople website. The records can also be searched at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh and at local family history centres in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Alloa, Hawick and Inverness. The statutory registers are opened to the public online when their closure periods end: 100 years for birth records, 75 years for marriage records and 50 years for death records.

Since the new site launched in September 2016 users have been able to search statutory record indexes including birth, death and marriage certificates for free. Users are now only charged if they wish to view or download a record image.


Scottish Cabinet Papers from the Year 2001 Opened to the Public

Sunday, 1 Jan 2017
Image - Jack McConnell

 From 1 January 2017, Scottish Cabinet papers and other government records opened for the first time at National Records of Scotland show details about the operation of the Scottish Cabinet in the year 2001.

That year saw the appointment of a new First Minister for Scotland when Jack McConnell took over from Henry McLeish, who resigned as First Minister in November 2001. The Scottish Cabinet minutes reflect the transfer of authority and other matters of national interest. They include the outbreak of the Foot and Mouth epidemic in cattle and its impact on farmers, particularly in Dumfries and Galloway, considerations to host the Euro 2008 football championship in Scotland, and proposals for free social care arrangements for the elderly.

The files form part of the annual release of archived information by Scottish Government, which since 2009 has proactively opened almost 14,000 files at 15 years. This adds a considerable amount of information to what is already publicly available from the year 2001, due to a policy of proactive release.

In welcoming the latest file releases, Tim Ellis, Chief Executive of NRS and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said 

 “Preserving Scottish Government records and making them available to the public is a key part of our role at the National Records of Scotland, and this annual release of information can give us a fascinating insight into our recent history.

In addition to a change of First Minister, 2001 saw considerable activity across a wide range of policy areas.  I have no doubt that the papers now available will be very interesting reading to a great many people.”

Following the New Year public holiday, the newly opened files will be available to view in our public search room from Wednesday 4 January.  The Cabinet files will be available in digital format. Many of the other paper files can be seen in January without the need to pre-order, though some are held off-site and will require ordering in advance. Details can be found in the file lists below.

The full list of files released in 2017 can be viewed in PDF. (377 KB PDF)

Please note that you will need a current reader’s ticket to see files in our search room. See how to obtain a reader’s ticket, and what preparations to make, in the preparing to visit page of our website.

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