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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16770: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to meet the demand for accessible housing for disabled people.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 29 May 2018

Housing is a priority for this Government and we firmly believe everyone should have a home that meets their needs. We are already taking action to ensure everyone has access to a home that is the right size, in the right location and flexible enough to suit any requirements they may have in the future.

While local authorities have the responsibility of assessing housing requirements within their local community, we are currently refreshing the Local Housing Strategy guidance to make sure realistic targets are set at local level for the supply of wheelchair housing reflecting local needs and priorities.

As part of our action plan to 2021 we will ask local authorities to report annually on the supply of wheelchair accessible housing in their area.

We are working with health and social care partnerships, disability organisations, and the housing sector to ensure those in need of any adaptations to their home can access those services as and when they need them.