Housing (People with Disabilities)

Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 24th June 1999.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 24th June 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to assist people with disabilities living in existing public sector housing. (S1O-78)

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

To help meet the needs of people with disabilities, we will encourage the development of local housing strategies that give priority to the provision of suitable housing adaptations. Views on how best that can be done have been sought in the housing green paper.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I have a particular interest in people with learning disabilities. As the minister will know, this is Learning Disability Week. Does she agree that we have a problem in that many people with learning disabilities, living in supported accommodation, are subject to weak housing agreements? Does she further agree that we need to change that so that the small minority of people with learning disabilities enjoy the same tenancy rights as the majority of tenants in Scotland?

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

We are keen to make appropriate provision for all disabled people-including people with learning disabilities-in local housing strategies. Views on the matter have been sought in the housing green paper, and we will continue to keep it under consideration.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

In the absence of a housing bill, does the minister think it appropriate that the matter be considered as part of the incapable adults bill?

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

As Ms Hyslop will know, in the absence of a housing bill we can deal with certain issues without legislation, as it is not necessarily required.