To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to broaden awareness of the housing and support needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and whether it will adopt a recommendation contained in the report by Organisational Development and Support (ODS) and Stonewall Scotland calling on Communities Scotland and other partners to publish guidance for LGBT people on this issue.
I have asked Angiolina Foster, Chief Executive of Communities Scotland, to respond. Her response is as follows:
Communities Scotland has published two pieces of guidance following recommendations from the research published by ODS and Stonewall. These comprise a guide for older LGBT people, as well as a good practice checklist for housing providers. Both were launched with the research report in Glasgow on 1 June 2005. This material has been welcomed by groups active in this field.
Copies of the guidance has been disseminated to local authorities, housing associations and housing support providers and the older people’s guidance has been disseminated through user groups and at events throughout the summer including the Pride Marches in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.