Date lodged: 24 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the supply of houses that meet the needs of disabled people.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 5 June 2018
Access to good quality housing is a priority for this Government. We firmly believe that everyone should have a home that meets their needs. Living in the right home with the right support can be the key to enabling people to live safely and independently at home.
Local authorities as strategic housing authority have the responsibility for assessing housing requirements in their area & setting out in their Local Housing Strategy & Strategic Housing Investment Plans how these requirements will be met.Our A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Delivery Plan sets out a number of housing related actions that support this ambition, including ensuring each local authority sets a realistic target for delivery of wheelchair accessible housing, and reports annually on progress. We are currently refreshing the Local Housing Strategy guidance and will include this commitment within the revised guidance which we expect to publish later this year.
Most of the homes provided through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme will be delivered by housing associations and councils 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. We will ensure that the grant subsidy arrangements for the Affordable Housing Supply Programme help provide specialist housing identified by local authorities as a priority.
The Scottish Government is also working with health and social care partnerships, disabled people’s organisations and the housing sector, to improve planning and delivery of adaptation services to ensure that people who would benefit from adaptations to their home can access these services when needed.