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Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis

The Equality and human Rights Commission (EHRC) housing inquiry, Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis,  looks 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. The EHRC wanted to find out to what extent this right was Read this story


Government commits to major building safety reforms

From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP Government has made a series of commitments to make sure people living in high-rise buildings are safe. The government has welcomed Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, and has made a series of commitments to make sure Read this story


Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report

The review’s final report which was commissioned by government following the Grenfell Tower fire to make recommendations on the future regulatory system. The new framework is designed to: Create a more simple and effective mechanism for driving building safety – a clear and proportionate package of responsibilities for dutyholders across the building life cycle.3 This means more Read this story


Access for disabled people at Premier League football clubs

The Equality and Human Rights Commission report looks at whether Premier League clubs have met their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. The state of play: progress on Premier League clubs’ accessibility The EHRC looked at what progress had been made by many clubs as a result of their Read this story


Disabled people left to ‘feel isolated and forgotten’

Commenting on ‘Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis’, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller MP, said: “The EHRC inquiry provides further evidence of the inability of current planning rules and housing standards to provide the kind of accessible housing stock that this Read this story


Equality Act 2010 – Handbook for Advisers

The Equality Act 2010 – Handbook for Advisers provides a brief overview of the Equality Act 2010 for advisers in England and Wales. Clients may not know that their problem could be a discrimination case but may have a claim under the Equality Act. The handbook covers: the definition of the nine protected characteristics an overview of Read this story


Demand for Wheelchair Accessible Homes in the Private Rented Sector Survey

Community Sponsors Homes has identified a growing need for wheelchair accessible homes in the UK. To meet these needs we will provide wheelchair accessible homes for rent in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). This means homes which are rented privately (not from the Council or a Housing Association). By increasing the availability of accessible homes Read this story


Standards for accessible housing in England

There is a considerable amount of confusion around the planning requirements for accessible housing in England. This stems in part from a legacy of diverse local standards being applied before recent changes to national planning policy. The only guidance available to designers and developers pre- 2015 was the Lifetime Homes standard and the Wheelchair Housing Read this story