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Habinteg responds to Disabled People in the Housing Sector report

Habinteg Housing Association warmly welcomes the report of the House of Commons LUHC Committee’s inquiry into Disabled People in the Housing Sector published today (Friday 24 May 2024).

Director of Social Impact and External Affairs Christina McGill said: “The Committee rightly emphasises the urgency of establishing the building regulations’ accessible and adaptable standard as mandatory for all new homes.

“This is a landmark initiative that Habinteg, along with members of the HoME coalition, has been championing for several years. Once implemented, it will revolutionise housing options for disabled and older people, ensuring that all new homes will be both easy and cost effective to adapt to the changing needs of the people who live there.

“At the same time the needs of people who require fully wheelchair accessible homes remain woefully under-met. Far too many wheelchair users are making do in inappropriate homes. The Committee has recognised this and its recommendation that wheelchair accessible homes feature in every local plan is a strong call to action for the next government, which we fully endorse.

“Accessible homes are the basis for better health, wellbeing and inclusion. They also drive important economic benefits as they reduce health and social care costs, are easier and more cost effective to adapt and provide the foundation for more people to work. 

“As the UK approaches a general election we want to see all parties take on the committee’s recommendations in their manifestos. By doing so, they will not only address a significant gap in housing policy but also contribute to a more equitable society.

“The committee’s firm recommendations underscore a critical need for change in approaches to housing accessibility. With our ageing population and increasing rates of disability it’s critical that we make every new home part of the solution to the accessible housing deficit.”

For futher comment and enquiries, please contact Christina McGill, Director of Social Impact and External Affairs, on 07809 420 075.

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