New affordable homes being built in Scotland will not be large enough to cater for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids, according to new government research.
Around £3bn is currently being ploughed into building about 50,000 new homes in the next three years, but many of these homes will be unsuitable for disabled and elderly people because there will not be sufficient floor space for wheelchairs.
It is estimated that around 10,000 disabled people in Scotland are on the waiting list for suitable council houses, some who have reportedly been waiting for decades.
The lack of suitable housing for disabled people has been described as “unacceptable” by one Scottish charity, which claims disabled people are becoming “trapped” in their homes.
More than half of the planned new homes are being built according to guidance called ‘Housing for Varying Needs’, but it is claimed that they do not account for the extra space needed for wheelchair users and users of other mobility aids.
Despite the research, charity Inclusion Scotland said ministers have still not acknowledged the problem.
The charity is now calling for Scottish ministers to set a new target to make at least 10% of new affordable properties wheelchair accessible and easily adaptable.