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PE01554: Improve the provision of disabled-friendly housing

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Jacq Kelly on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Disability


Date Lodged: 02 March 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to take action to ensure that all new homes in Scotland are built to fully meet all the Lifetime Homes Standards, with at least 10 per cent of new homes built to full wheelchair accessibility standards. 

Petition History:


31 March 2015: The Committee took evidence from Jacq Kelly, Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Scotland), Leonard Cheshire Disability and Stephan Thomson, Leonard Cheshire Disability service user. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Local Authority Building Standards Scotland, the Lifetime Homes Foundation, local authorities, Miller Homes, Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. Link to Official Report 31 March 2015

9 June 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 9 June 2015

6 October 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 6 October 2015

8 December 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 8 December 2015

9 February 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the measures the petitioner proposes should be included in the Scottish building regulations were considered in 2007 and there is a lack of support from stakeholders for what the petition calls for. Link to Official Report 9 February 2016    

Written Submissions:

Signing this petition is the right thing to do economically, sustainably and ethically..

We used to be excellent with this, my late father was disabled and couldn't even obtain a disabled parking permit! Perhaps they thought he would grow another leg, having left his in Germany back in 1945.

Ian Gibb

15:11 on 26 Feb 2015

I have waited 4years on a house or ground floor property and got refused several times saying not suitable for wheelchair

james fender

16:57 on 25 Feb 2015

It is vital this petition is successful to enable disabled people to play an active part in their local communities and not be isolated in inaccessible houses or in residential care.

Maureen McPeak

15:33 on 24 Feb 2015

I know people who have been trapped for over a year in their home because there is no ramp. It's time everyone has access to both the outside world and every room in their house.

Shirley McHugh

16:56 on 21 Feb 2015

Just do it - it is the right thing. This is Scotland, we believe in doing the right thing.

Ro Bell

10:19 on 20 Feb 2015

Good Luck with the petition

walter Wells Patterson

16:06 on 19 Feb 2015

If more people sign, then other people will have to listen...

Kevin Faulds

20:56 on 18 Feb 2015

10% accessibility housing should be an absolute minimum when investing in a future ageing population. We need to be building infrastructure now for the future.

Scott Bamford

16:18 on 18 Feb 2015

It is a disgrace the lack of adapted houses. I wholeheartedly support this petition.

Ellen C Coleman

19:24 on 16 Feb 2015

Too much power lies with Occupational Therapists who seem to suggest very few options for house adaptations. Hopefully, more accessible housing will help, but, even if this petition is successful, it won't help those who can't afford to buy a new house as many will still have to remain in unsuitable housing due to high rents for adapted accommodation.

Catherine Matheson

13:33 on 11 Feb 2015

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