Habinteg have released a new policy update, which outlines the current UK policy landscape for accessible housing.
The Accessible Housing Policy Update highlights the significant accessible housing deficit, seeks to inform and update housing professionals about policy developments that may affect them, and makes the case for including accessibility amongst their top priorities.
We launched the policy update at the Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH) housing conference in Manchester at the end of June, where we were giving out hard copies on our stand.
There are currently around 1.8 million people with an accessible housing need in the UK, including around 300,000 disabled adults who have an unmet accessible housing need. The challenges presented by our ageing population are likely to significantly increase the need for accessible, adaptable homes. However, only 7% of homes in England offer even minimum accessibility features.
The Accessible Housing Policy Update discusses the latest policy developments in relation to accessibility, including the Housing White Paper and the Neighbourhood Planning Act, as well as outlining recommendations for Government moving forward.
The full update is available to download here.