Equality Commission wants views on housing access

Monday, March 6, 2017 | information

From the EHRC:

In December last year, the Commission launched a formal inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain. The inquiry will reveal whether disabled people’s rights to live independently are being fulfilled across England, Scotland and Wales.
We are now calling for evidence and want disabled people and relevant organisations to share their experiences of housing and tenancy support provision with us. We will publish our findings and recommendations in early 2018.

The Commission has a legal power, under section 16 of the Equality Act 2006, to conduct an inquiry into anything relating to its equality and human rights duties. This helps us to collect evidence to gain a clear picture of a particular sector or issue, where we feel there is a benefit to wider society. We can then use our findings to make recommendations.

What is the problem?

Housing and associated support is an important part of independent living. Without appropriate housing it is much harder to access employment, education, leisure and recreational opportunities and the risk of illness and disability is increased.

According to one housing report, there are 1.8 million disabled people whose housing needs are not met. Another report estimated that there is only enough funding to pay for one in every ten people who want to adapt their homes.

Tenancy support and advice, such as help with budgeting, can help to make sure people are able to stay in their rented home and are not forced to leave. These services are particularly important for some groups, such as people with learning disabilities. There is a worry that less funding may mean these services are taken away. There is also a worry that not enough accessible or adaptable houses are being built to meet the needs of disabled people.

The EHRC call for evidence is open until 23:59 on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

We want to hear from disabled people and relevant organisations in England, Scotland and Wales. We want to understand whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services around it, fulfils disabled people’s rights to live independently

For further information about the inquiry please contact EHRCHousingInquiry@equalityhumanrights.com

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