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 a Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute. He specialises in economic policy, modelling, trade and climate change. His work includes the production of economic statistics to improve our understanding of the economy, economic modelling and analysis to enhance the use of these statistics for policymaking, data visualisation to communicate results impactfully, and economic policy to understand how data can be used to drive decisions in Government.

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.