Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis

Published by Equality and Human Rights Commission, May 2018

The EHRC housing inquiry looked at the current provision of accessible and adaptable housing for disabled people provided by local authorities and registered landlords.

Disabled people have a right to independent living. We wanted to find out to what extent this right was being fulfilled in the context of housing.

The report found that:

  • disabled people are too often demoralised and frustrated by the housing system
  • there is a significant shortage of accessible homes
  • installing home adaptations involves unacceptable bureaucracy and delay
  • disabled people are not getting the support that they need to live independently

The report recommends that more adaptable homes are built for disabled people and that local and national governments engage with disabled people at planning stages.


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