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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22036: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is has made in meeting its target of making 15% of new homes accessible to disabled people.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 20 March 2019

Scottish Government does not set national targets for accessible housing as specific requirements are best identified and met locally. 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.

The Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Delivery Plan includes a commitment to ensure that each local authority sets a realistic target within its Local Housing Strategy for the delivery of wheelchair accessible housing across all tenures and reports annually on progress. We will shortly issue guidance to local authorities requiring them to have all tenure wheelchair housing targets in place this year. We will publish refreshed Local Housing Strategy guidance later this year that will reaffirm the requirement for housing targets for housing suitable for people in wheelchairs to live in.