Housing and Disabled People : Britain's Hidden Crisis

Housing and Disabled People : Britain's Hidden Crisis

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a report, Housing and Disabled People, Britain’s Hidden Crisis, revealing the findings and recommendations from its inquiry into housing for disabled people.

The inquiry looked at whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services associated with it, fulfilled disabled people’s rights to independent living.

The inquiry found that disabled people are disadvantaged in almost every part of the housing market and that urgent action needs to be taken by government, housing providers and local authorities.

The inquiry also found that disabled people reported improved physical and mental health and well being, enhanced prospects for employment and study when their homes met their access requirements.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission believe that disabled people need to be recognised as the best experts at determining and promoting better solutions. They need to be actively engaged in developing local plans, policies, services and scrutinising performance. To support this they have produced a range of useful materials to complement their report, including:

  • Toolkits which will launch in June 2018, for use by disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, councillors and local authorities.
  • Case studies and videos featuring disabled people discussing how adaptations have enhanced their lives on their website .

The report can be downloaded and is available in a variety of formats at the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

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