Scottish government pledges to build accessibility into homes ‘from the start’

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A new 20-year vision for housing in Scotland has promised to provide better accessibility to homes.

The Housing to 2040 strategy plan pledges to set a single set of standards for housing quality and accessibility, no matter whether a home is owned or rented.

The plan includes the introduction of a new Scottish Accessible Homes Standard that will see accessibility built into new homes from the start, ensuring disabled people have an increased range of housing options and reducing the need to make costly changes to homes as people get older or when their needs change.

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Additionally, the government has vowed to introduce new building standards from 2025/26 to underpin the new Scottish Accessible Homes Standard to future-proof new homes for lifelong accessibility.

This is designed to improve the adaptations system and better integrate the work of health and social care and housing services, and to make a critical contribution to supporting people to live independently.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “Homes are not simply bricks and mortar. They support people’s health, wellbeing and life chances, can help to tackle poverty and climate change, and are a major investment in the economy. Housing policy is essential in helping us achieve our ambitions for a fairer, more equal Scotland.

“Housing to 2040 sets out a vision for what we want homes and communities to look and feel like for people regardless of their stage in life or where they live. It is a vision where homes are affordable for everyone, where standards are the same across all tenures, where homes have easy access to green space and essential services, and where homelessness, child poverty and fuel poverty have all been eradicated.”

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