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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22397: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government. further to the answer to question S5O-03056 by Kevin Stewart on 27 March 2019 (Official Report, c. 15), how many accessible homes there are in each local authority area.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 16 April 2019

Local authorities are responsible for assessing the housing needs in their areas, and guidance for the setting of Local Housing Strategy targets, including reporting annually on progress, was published on 29 March at https://www.gov.scot/publications/wheelchair-accessible-housing-target-guidance-note-mhdgn-201902/

Increasing the supply of more wheelchair accessible housing will provide more choice and flexibility for disabled people and their families and contribute to the creation of a fairer and more equal society. The houses that we build now will support this and future generations and help to improve the experience of disabled people in accessing suitable homes in the areas they want to live.

Through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, we provide a range of housing including new build, off the shelf purchases and rehabilitation projects and this is detailed in the affordable housing statistics published quarterly at https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/NewBuild/AHSPtables For new build projects, wherever possible, all affordable homes are built to Housing for Varying Needs standards.

Our annual Outturn Reports publish the percentage of affordable new build completions meeting Housing for Varying Needs standards. Based on information returned, for 2016-17 this shows that 91% of affordable new build units met this standard, rising to 99% in 2017-18. Please see links to these Outturn Reports:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/affordable-housing-supply-programme-out-turn-report-2016-2017/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/affordable-housing-supply-programme-out-turn-report-2017-2018/

Information relating to 2018-19 will be published later on in the year.

We need to ensure that the homes we are building are fit for purpose, not just for now but for the future. The Scottish Government has committed to beginning work on a vision for how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040, and the options and choices to get there. As set out in this year’s Programme for Government, this includes a commitment to setting new standards around accessibility. Between September and November 2018 we engaged extensively with housing associations, local government, businesses, the third sector, tenants and others to gather initial views. We are currently processing the wealth of material generated in response to this stakeholder engagement.