Date lodged: 30 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many of its planned 35,000 homes for the social rented sector will be built to wheelchair accessibility standards.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 17 October 2016
The number of social rented homes built to wheelchair accessibility standard over the current target period will depend on the priorities of local authorities as identified in their Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDA), Local Housing Strategies (LHS) and Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIPs).
Local authorities are required by law to prepare an LHS, supported by an assessment of housing need and demand. Scottish Government guidance on LHS notes that the strategy has to clearly set out the current need for specialist provision (accommodation and care/support services) that will help to support people to live independently, the likely requirement for this provision over the next 5 years, how current needs are being met using a range of accommodation types, and what more is planned to meet future need.
Strategic Housing Investment Plans (SHIPs) are produced every two years by local authorities. These are the key documents which identify the strategic housing projects to assist the achievement of the 50,000 target. SHIPs will be directly informed by the councils LHS and developed in consultation with key stakeholders. SHIP documents are due to be returned to the Scottish Government at the end of November.