Crippen learns that the government sits on accessible housing report

You’ll remember that last year the government was accused of “showing contempt” for disabled people after publishing an “utterly shameful” 84-page white paper on the future of the planning system, without including a single mention of disabled people, disability or accessible housing.

Well, they’re at it again. Only this time they’ve delayed publishing a report that called for more research into the benefits of accessible housing for up to four years, it has been revealed by Disability News Service.

The report, provided by architectural firm PRP in March 2016, was finally published last week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The report examined evidence on the benefits of accessible housing, and the effectiveness of guidance relating to other buildings – under Part M of the building regulations – to see how well it was meeting the needs of disabled people.

The report found that the key benefits of accessible housing included reduced delayed hospital discharges, avoiding having to pay for temporary and permanent residential care and lower administrative costs of rehousing disabled people from inaccessible housing.

The report also examined the effectiveness of guidance on “buildings other than dwellings”, which has not been updated since 2004.

It found that, although the guidance was “considered to be reasonable in meeting most needs of disabled people”, the lack of enforcement of that guidance was seen as “a critical issue”.

It also found that the needs of some disabled people may not currently be covered “adequately” by the guidance, including hearing- and visually-impaired people, people with restricted growth, people with complex and multiple impairments requiring personal assistants, and users of powered wheelchairs.

It also called for consideration of the needs of autistic people, those with mental health conditions, and people with dementia and other “cognitive health issues”.

This week, MHCLG refused to say when the research was completed, and why its publication had been delayed for so long.

NB: Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has already been warned back in 2019 that he faced the threat of legal action over the government’s failure to take action to solve the crisis in accessible housing.

Description of cartoon for those using screen reading software

A man and a woman working at the Disability Unit are standing in front of two filing cabinets. One is open and the woman is taking out a file. The other is closed and has not been opened for some time and has cobwebs all over it. It also has the draws labelled housing, education, and transport. The man is looking at this cabinet with a question mark above his head. The woman is saying to him: “Oh that’s where we keep any important recommendations!”

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by A6er on 31/01/2021 at 20:56

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


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