There are 11.9 million disabled people in Britain and our society is ageing rapidly, yet only 7% of our homes provide even basic accessibility features.
Building on the momentum of our second #ForAccessibleHomes Day of Action on 8 September 2017, we are campaigning for the Government, local councils and property developers to recognise the importance of accessible homes and to increase the number of Part M (4) Category 2 (inclusive, adaptable) and Category 3 (wheelchair standard) homes that are built.
These resources draw from a range of different contributors to amplify the voices of disabled people alongside professionals and thought leaders in the fields of housing, disability, and inclusive design.
What is #ForAccessibleHomes about? Accessible homes enable independent living, saving the Government and individuals money in the long term:
- Accessible homes save the taxpayer money in the long term by cutting the cost of future adaptations if someone's needs should change
- Accessible homes can reduce the risk of accidents around the home and shorten the length of hospital stays
- Accessible homes mean individuals and families are less likely to have to leave their home to move to more costly supported housing or care facilities
You can contact our communications team if you'd like to find out more about partnering with us to support the campaign.
Having a safe and accessible home is fundamental to being able to live a healthy, engaged and active life; which is why CIH is supporting Habinteg’s #ForAcessibleHomes campaign, says their senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.