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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17230: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-16770 by Kevin Stewart on 29 May 2018, how it ensures that local authorities are building enough accessible housing for disabled people to meet demand, and what it considers a "reasonable target" should be under the refreshed Local Housing Strategy guidance.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 June 2018

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. It is for local authorities to asses need and to identify an appropriate target for the provision of new accessible housing within individual areas.

We will be working with local authorities and other stakeholders including disabled people and the organisations that represent them to implement this approach.

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 have made it clear to local authorities and housing associations that grant subsidy arrangements for the Affordable Housing Supply Programme should not be a barrier that prevents specialist housing, identified by local authorities as a priority, from being built.

Most of the homes provided through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme will be built to Housing for Varying Needs Standards and will be sufficiently flexible to meet people's varying needs. Latest available statistics show that 91% of homes built by housing associations and councils in 2016-17 met Housing for Varying Needs Standards.