‘Home Sweet Hell’ report calls for more disabled-friendly homes
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
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New research from Leonard Cheshire Disability shows that over 7 in 10 (72%) of British adults reporting mobility problems say they don't have a door into their building that they can get through.
Its 'Home Sweet Hell’ report on 'The Hidden Housing Crisis’also says 50% of people reporting mobility problems don't have stairs big enough for a stair-lift to be fitted. “For thousands of disabled people this means they can’t get upstairs to sleep in their own bedrooms,” the report says, and are forced to use commodes downstairs instead of the bathroom.
Altogether, 1 in 10 people in Great Britain report some kind of mobility problem. That’s around 5 million people who are likely to need disabled-friendly homes.
But Britain’s homes “simply are not fit for people with mobility problems”, the organisation says, with 52% not having doors and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair
Paul Gamble, chief executive of accessible housing specialist Habinteg, said:
"The findings of this report are sadly no surprise to us. Many Habinteg tenants have waited a very long time to find a home that meets their needs. This significant lack of accessible homes is a huge barrier to independent living. That’s why we welcome Leonard Cheshire’s clear recommendations for action. A strong consensus is growing and we hope this will be reflected in bold commitments from local and national policy makers.
"We’ve seen in London that building all new homes to the Lifetime Homes Standard with 10% to wheelchair access standards has long standing cross-party support. With house building at the heart of each political parties’ election plans, inclusive standards must be central too. Without a commitment to accessible housing we are creating a future crisis while tackling the current one.”
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