The number of disabled people on housing waiting lists in the Stirling Council area has rocketed to almost five times higher than it was in 2017, new research has revealed.
It means that there are now 414 people waiting for disabled friendly housing, compared to 86 in 2017.
A freedom of information request by the Scottish Conservatives also revealed that the average wait for a home in the Stirling Council area is a 669 days, while in individual cases people have been forced to wait a staggering 21.7 years for the right accommodation.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has hit out at the figures, blaming the figures on lack of resources from the SNP Scottish Government.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’The SNP Government pretends to be sincere when it comes to helping people with disabilities.
‘’But these facts expose the reality of the situation which I am hearing from constituents on a weekly basis.
‘’Of course, disabled people need the right accommodation to suit their complex needs, however there are serious problems when the waiting lists expand as dramatically as this.
‘’It proves that the SNP has taken its eye off the ball domestically, and allowed a housing crisis to affect Stirling’s most vulnerable people.
‘’It is time that the SNP got back to the day job and provided Stirling Council with the funding needed to address this problem.’’