Date lodged: 1 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether barrier-free housing standards offer full accessibility for wheelchair users.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 19 February 2018
Barrier free design is not intended to be a substitute for dwellings designed specifically for wheelchair users who need the full benefits that specially designed and equipped houses can give.
That is why Action 63 of A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People - our Disability Delivery Plan to 2021 states that we will ensure that the grant subsidy arrangements for the Affordable Housing Supply Programme do not prevent specialist housing identified by local authorities as a priority from being built. This includes wheelchair accessible homes to help disabled people to live independently.
In addition, Housing for Varying Needs guidance is used as the basis of required standards in relation to Scottish Government grant-funded affordable housing. This offers good practice in the design of housing so that newly-built, refurbished or adapted buildings achieve a degree of flexibility, suit people of different abilities, are convenient to use and fit for their purpose.