Equal Opportunities

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 28th November 2005.

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Photo of Sandra White Sandra White Scottish National Party

Question S2W-20676

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.

Photo of Sandra White Sandra White Scottish National Party

Question S2W-20678

To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authorities in respect of the provision of housing for people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in each year since 2002.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

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.

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