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Number of disabled people waiting for housing doubles

The number of disabled people on housing waiting lists has almost doubled in the past two years, new research has revealed.

It means there are now 17,444 people waiting for disabled-friendly housing under the SNP government, compared to a reported 9714 in 2017.

In some local authorities, the average wait for a home tops 1000 days, while in individual cases people have been forced to wait more than a decade for the right accommodation.

And the true figure for disabled people waiting to be housed is likely to be even higher, after large councils like Glasgow and Fife refused to respond to the Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Conservatives.

Shadow social security secretary Michelle Ballantyne said the rising number of vulnerable people waiting for housing was proof of the SNP’s housing crisis.

Scottish Conservative shadow social security secretary Michelle Ballantyne said:

“The SNP pretends to be sincere when it comes to helping people with disabilities.

“But these facts expose the reality of the situation.

“Not only are there far too many disabled people waiting for the right housing, that number has nearly doubled in just the last two years.

“It proves the SNP has taken its eye off the ball domestically, and allowed a housing crisis to affect the country’s most vulnerable people.

“The Scottish Government clearly isn’t giving councils the resources they need to address this problem.”

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Notes to editors:

 

Below are the number of disabled people on housing waiting lists as of March this year, with the 2017 statistic in brackets:

 

Aberdeen – 50 (51)

Aberdeenshire – 876 (14)

Angus – 402 (256)

Argyll and Bute – 694 (599)

Clackmannanshire – 468 (219)

Dumfries and Galloway – n/a

Dundee – 101 (681)

East Ayrshire – n/a

East Dunbartonshire – 380 (499)

East Lothian – 10 (214)

East Renfrewshire – 202 (95)

Edinburgh – 6193 (491)

Falkirk – 2493 (385)

Fife – n/a

Glasgow n/a (1979)

Highland – 1378 (158)

Inverclyde – n/a

Midlothian – 733 (910)

Moray – 577 (487)

North Ayrshire – 703 (909)

North Lanarkshire – 265 (177)

Orkney – 15 (6)

Perth and Kinross – n/a

Renfrewshire – 448 (325)

Scottish Borders – n/a

Shetland – 67 (23)

South Ayrshire – n/a (277)

South Lanarkshire – 657 (233)

Stirling – 414 (86)

West Dunbartonshire – 4 (26)

West Lothian – 314 (508)

Western Isles – n/a (106)

Total – 17,444 (9714)

Source for 2017 figures: https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/full-scotlands-disabled-housing-waiting-lists/

 

Below is the average wait a disabled person faces for accommodation, broken down by council area, as of March this year, with the single longest wait in brackets:

 

Aberdeen – 239 days (12.9 years)

Aberdeenshire – 260 days (n/a)

Angus – 406 days (Since October 2012)

Argyll and Bute – 313 days (Since February 2001)

Clackmannanshire – n/a

Dumfries and Galloway – n/a

Dundee – n/a (5 years 4 months)

East Ayrshire – 434 days (6 years 7 months)

East Dunbartonshire – 1387 days (Since 1995)

East Lothian – 1825 days (10 years)

East Renfrewshire – 1642 days (20 years)

Edinburgh – 985 days (Since April 2003)

Falkirk – 770 days (1944 days)

Fife – n/a

Glasgow – n/a

Highland – n/a

Inverclyde – n/a

Midlothian – 985 days (12.6 years)

Moray – 791 days (n/a)

North Ayrshire – 877 days (Since 2009)

North Lanarkshire – 753 days (19 years)

Orkney – 699 days (6 years)

Perth and Kinross – n/a

Renfrewshire – n/a

Scottish Borders – n/a

Shetland – 371 days (8 years)

South Ayrshire – n/a

South Lanarkshire – 1175 days (24 years)

Stirling – 669 days (21.7 years)

West Dunbartonshire – n/a (8 years)

West Lothian – n/a

Western Isles – n/a

For individual copies of the FoI responses by council, contact the Scottish Conservative press office.

 

SNP candidate must ‘come clean’ on support for euro

The Scottish Conservatives have challenged the SNP’s lead candidate in the European elections, Alyn Smith, to ‘come clean’ on his support for the euro for an independent Scotland.

Last night in a TV debate, Mr Smith claimed that he was ‘agnostic’ on the issue of currency for an independent Scotland.

This view is in direct contrast to his previously stated support for the use of the euro.

In 2011 when Mr Smith was asked if he supported an independent Scotland joining the euro, he said; “I do”.

Adam Tomkins, Scottish Conservative shadow constitution secretary said:

“Alyn Smith has previously supported the euro for Scotland so to say he is now agnostic is unacceptable.

“It is unacceptable that a leading SNP candidate is agnostic about the currency of your pension, your mortgage and your job.

“The fact is that the SNP knows that Scots don’t want the euro.

“This is a dishonest fudge by Mr Smith, but this won’t fool the voters.

“Alyn Smith and his SNP pals must come clean and admit that they would welcome the Euro in Scotland.”

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 Notes to editors:

Alyn Smith said he was ‘agnostic’ on the issue of currency on STV’s Tonight - https://player.stv.tv/summary/scotland-tonight/

Alyn Smith: “I’m agnostic on currency stuff.” And asked which currency he would go for, he said: “I don’t have a preference…. I’ve said I’m agnostic on the currency question.”

Alyn Smith has previously supported the Euro in 2011 - Asked whether he backed an independent Scotland joining the euro, Mr Smith said yesterday: “I do. And the euro will emerge stronger from this.” - https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-should-join-the-euro-1-1860923

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