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Over 3,500 more disabled Scots waiting for housing

The Scottish Conservatives have revealed that over 3,500 more disabled Scots are currently waiting for housing compared to last year.

The figures compiled from freedom of information requests to local authorities show that the numbers of disabled people waiting for permanent housing has shot up alarmingly to 20,764 this year.

This represents an increase of just over 3,500 from 17,206 in 2019 with many people waiting years for housing as standard.

Worse, this worrying increase follows a far larger jump from 2017 when 9608 disabled Scots were waiting for housing.

The Scottish Conservatives have expressed serious concern for those waiting such a long time to find a home, and called for the SNP government to reverse this trend.

 

Graham Simpson, Scottish Conservative local government and communities secretary said:

“This is an absolute scandal – thousands more disabled Scots are now waiting for housing, potentially living in completely unsuitable circumstances.

“This is extremely difficult for those individuals and their families depriving them of choice, dignity and freedom to access suitable homes.

“Local authorities are facing insurmountable financial pressures and simply do not have the financial resources to provide these homes.

“This situation has become significantly worse over the last few years, with the numbers of Scots more than doubling since 2016.

“The SNP government must step in now, reverse this trend, and give disabled people some hope.” 

ENDS

Notes

The figures are below – for 2020, 2019 and 2017

 

Local Authority

No. on list

(June 2020)

Average waiting time

Single longest case

Aberdeen City

48

550 days

2008

Aberdeenshire

696

291.6 days

2006

Angus

564

519 days

2012

Argyll & Bute

Does not hold

   

Clackmannanshire

507

366 days

1981

Dumfries & Galloway

No list

   

Dundee City

1865

518 days

1993

East Ayrshire

121

693 days

1995

East Dunbartonshire

301

365 year

30 years (waiting on sheltered housing)

East Lothian

102

725 days

1989

East Renfrewshire

365

1971 days

1996

Edinburgh, City of

6676

1013 days

2003

Eilean Siar

Does not hold

   

Falkirk

2737

664 days

1944 (not actively seeking housing)

Fife

321 (wheelchair need)

   

Glasgow City

does not hold info – nor does GHA

   

Highland

1374

Does not hold

Does not hold

Inverclyde

Does not hold

   

Midlothian

692

1387 days

17.1 years (specific criteria)

Moray

157

498 days

GDPR

North Ayrshire

918

1198 days

1989 (only had accessibility requirement since 2018)

North Lanarkshire

34

713 days

2017

Orkney Islands

22

662 days

2008

Perth & Kinross

Does not hold

   

Renfrewshire

441

274 days

1994

Scottish Borders

Does not hold

   

Shetland Islands

59

348 days

9 years

South Ayrshire

Does not hold

   

South Lanarkshire

697

868 days

2002

Stirling

552

828 days

1995

West Dunbartonshire

1232

1043 days

 

West Lothian

281

Does not hold

Does not hold

Scotland

20,764

 

 

Local Authority

No. on list (2017)

No. on list

(March 2019)

Average waiting time (March 2019)

Single longest case (2017)

Single longest case (March 2019)

Aberdeen City

51

50

239 months

2004

12.9 years

Aberdeenshire

14

876

260 days

2002

 

Angus

256

402

406 days

2002

26/10/2012

Argyll & Bute

599

694

313 days

 

13/02/2001

Clackmannanshire

219

468

 

2008

 

Dumfries & Galloway

 

No list

     

Dundee City

681

101

   

5 years 4 months

East Ayrshire

 

143

434 days

 

6 years 7 months

East Dunbartonshire

499

380

3.8 years

1989

1995 (class themselves disabled)

East Lothian

214

10

1825 days

 

10 years

East Renfrewshire

95

202

1642 days

20 more than 5 years

20 years

Edinburgh, City of

491

6193

985 days

 

9 April 2003

Eilean Siar

 

Doesn’t hold

     

Falkirk

385

2493

770 days

 

1944 (but not actively looking to be housed)

Fife

Rejected on cost

Does not record

     

Glasgow City

1,979

(does not hold info – nor does GHA)

     

Highland

158

1,378

     

Inverclyde

 

Doesn’t hold

     

Midlothian

910

733

985 days

 

12.6 years

Moray

487

577

791 days

1978

 

North Ayrshire

909

703

877 days

 

2009

North Lanarkshire

177

265

753 days

1999

19 years

Orkney Islands

6

14

749 days

 

6 years

Perth & Kinross

 

Doesn’t hold

     

Renfrewshire

325

448

No info

 

09/94***

Scottish Borders

         

Shetland Islands

23

67

371 days

 

8 years on list*

South Ayrshire

277

Does not hold

     

South Lanarkshire

233

657

1175 days

 

24 years

Stirling

86

414

669.6 days

At least one since 1969

21.7 years**

West Dunbartonshire

26

4

(doesn’t hold info)

 

8 years

West Lothian

508

314

     

Scotland

9608

17206

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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