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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21246: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has provided to registered social landlords in each year since 2007 to carry out home adaptions for (a) older and (b) disabled people, also broken down by the number of homes that have received this support.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 1 February 2019

The Scottish Government provides an annual funding allocation to help Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) meet the needs of their tenants who require housing adaptations. Funding is not ring-fenced for specific client groups and no target number of adaptations is set for individual RSLs. Instead, each RSL, with the assistance of suitably qualified experts such as occupational therapists, will determine the relative priority of each individual application for an adaptation.

The following table sets out the total funding provided to RSLs in Scotland for adaptations from 2007-08 to 2017-18.

Year

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Spend (£m)

13.172

11.154

12.144

10.318

12.124

10.916

12.961

13.065

13.221

13.207

13.401

Monitoring of the RSL adaptations programme was introduced in 2012-13. Whilst it is not possible to provide details on the number of homes that have received adaptations supported by Scottish Government funding, the following table sets out the number of separate adaptations for each client group from 2012-13 to 2017-18 as reported by RSLs.

Client Group

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Disabled person

2359

2716

3099

3049

3575

3131

Older person

2980

2865

3027

2863

2920

2672

Not reported

200

221

94

120

46

222

Total number of adaptations

5539

5802

6220

6032

6541

6025

This information has previously been provided to SPICe though in more detail over a longer time period, as we committed to providing an annual update of information about Scottish Government-funded housing adaptations as part of our responses to PQs S4W-28622 on 9 December 2015 and S5W-01638 on 16 August 2016.

All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .