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Sheron Carter responds to new planning practice guidance issued by MHCLG

Accessible homes are vital to enable older and disabled people to live safely and independently. Habinteg’s recent accessible homes forecast revealed that less than half of all planning authorities have set requirements for new homes to meet higher accessibility standards. This is why Habinteg welcomes the government’s guidance published last week on housing for older and disabled people, including advice for councils in preparing their planning policies. 

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Habinteg respond to PM announcement on accessible homes consultation

Responding to Theresa May’s announcement of a new consultation on the accessibility of new homes released on 25 June, Sheron Carter, CEO of Habinteg said: “We are extremely pleased that the Prime Minister has announced this important consultation on improving the accessibility of all new homes. Currently only 7% of homes in England have even the most basic access features so we really need all new housing to offer good levels of accessibility and adaptability if we’re to get anywhere near meeting the needs of our whole population. Too many disabled and older people are making do in homes that are just not suitable for them.

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Habinteg tenants take key issues on accessible homes to government

Delores Taylor and Sam Renke, who are both Habinteg tenants, presented their concerns on accessible homes to Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP this week. During the discussion, they focused on Habinteg’s recently launched Insight Report: A Forecast For Accessible Homes which revealed that less than half the local plans in England require a percentage of new homes to be accessible to older and disabled people.

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