In numbers, w/e October 20

THE average price of a house in Scotland in August was £194,000 – some 1.1 per cent up on the same month last year, and 1.2 per cent up on the previous month, July.

The figures have been published in the latest house price bulletin – here – by Registers of Scotland.

Says RoS: “In Scotland, detached houses showed the highest annual percentage change out of all property types, increasing by 2.6 per cent in the 12 months to August 2023 to £349,000. Terraced houses showed the lowest annual percentage change, with prices remaining little changed in the 12 months to August 2023 to an average price of £164,000.

“Average prices for local authorities are based on a three-month moving average to help remove some of the volatility in the series. Increases were recorded in 14 out of 32 local authority areas, when comparing prices with the previous year. The largest increase was in East Lothian where the average price increased by 15.4 per cent to £337,000. The largest decrease was recorded in East Renfrewshire, where the average price decreased by 4.8 per cent to £286,000.”

Climate action

AN UK-wide index of how various local authorities are preforming – in tackling climate change – has placed The City of Edinburgh Council fourth-equal – and first in Scotland.

A scorecard – ranging across seven criteria – has been created by the not-for-profit community interest company, Climate Emergency UK, which says, here: “This nationwide data exercise, the first of its kind, makes it possible to see which councils are making good progress to net zero [carbon emissions] and where others are not. According to Climate Emergency UK’s detailed criteria of the Action Scorecards, only 41 councils in the UK scored 50 per cent or more for their climate action, the average score being 32 per cent.”

The criteria are building and heating, transport, planning and land use, governance and finance, biodiversity, collaboration and engagement, and waste reduction and food.

And Edinburgh’s total score (here) was 58 per cent, joint fourth in the UK (along with the London boroughs of Merton and Islington) and behind Westminster City Council (62 per cent) and the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham (60 per cent) and Camden (59 per cent).

The nearest Scots local authorities (here) to Edinburgh are Aberdeen City Council (55 per cent) and Glasgow City Council (52 per cent).

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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