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The economic contribution of Glasgow Housing Association

An effective and thriving housing infrastructure is vital for any modern, dynamic, successful city. Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) is the largest social landlord in Scotland with almost 40,000 homes throughout Glasgow. It is part of the Wheatley Group, a housing care and property management group responsible for providing homes and services to more than 200,000 people in 17 local authorities.

Since it was formed in 2003, GHA has invested more than £1.5 billion in tenants’ homes. The investment has been used to improve more than 70,000 homes and to build more than 2,000 new properties. A further 2,500 homes are in the pipeline. GHA’s primary goal is to improve the quality of housing for its tenants and to contribute to the sustainability and development of local areas.

But alongside being a positive social landlord, GHA’s investments and operations have made a significant contribution to the Glasgow and Scottish economy over its 15 years of existence. The aim of this report is to estimate this economic contribution.


James is part of the knowledge exchange team, which involves connecting academia to business, government, and the public. He has a Masters in Applied Economics, a degree in Mathematics, Statistics & Economics and is experienced in working on a wide range of projects for public and private sector clients.

Picture of Graeme Roy, director of the Fraser of Allander Institute
Graeme Roy

Dean of External Engagement in the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow University and previously director of the Fraser of Allander Institute.