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7,000 more disabled Scots waiting for suitable housing compared to two years ago

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There are now more than 17,000 disabled people in Scotland waiting for suitable housing compared to under 10,000 two years ago.

That’s according to figures obtained from 23 out of Scotland’s 32 councils in a freedom of information request by Scottish Conservatives.   

An increase of 7,730 people on waiting lists show that the problem is much worse than it was a couple of years back.

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The average wait for a home is around 1,000 days and in one extreme case, a disabled person in Stirling was shown to still be waiting for a house after filing a request in 1969.

The lack of accessible housing is a concern in Scotland with The Equality and Human Rights Commission describing the issue as a “hidden crisis”.

Scottish Conservatives said that the numbers it obtained show that housing shortages are impacting the “most vulnerable” people in society.

In April it was announced that local authorities in Scotland will now be required to provide wheelchair accessible housing across all tenures and report annually on progress.

Guidance published last month by the Scottish government will aim to help local authorities deliver on the Fairer Scotland for Disabled People delivery plan.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart said that increasing the supply of wheelchair accessible housing across Scotland will provide more choice and flexibility for disabled people and their families.

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