Thousands of disabled people in Scotland are being robbed of their dignity and independence due to the nation’s chronic shortage of accessible housing, the UK’s human rights watchdog has warned.
Failings by the Scottish Government and local councils have created a “hidden crisis” which is set to worsen, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says in a report published on Friday.
Many disabled people are unable to leave their homes or are forced to live in a single room due to lack of suitable housing and long waiting lists for adaptations, it concludes.
Some rely on family members to carry them upstairs or between rooms, with the watchdog warning that coping with such issues every day can cause a “serious deterioration” in their mental health.
The report comes after i launched a campaign on the issue called Fair Housing For All, which has sought to raise awareness of the living problems faced by thousands of people.
An investigation by this newspaper found that almost 10,000 disabled people across Scotland are waiting for more suitable council houses – with one person requesting a change of property in 1969.
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