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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 country so badly needs.

Over a year ago we published our report into disability and the built environment ‘Building for Equality’, providing practical solutions that the EHRC inquiry again demonstrates are necessary.

Sadly, the Government has chosen to reject those recommendations leaving disabled people to face unacceptable barriers to independent living, often making them feel isolated and forgotten.

I welcome the findings of this inquiry and hope that it will act as another much-needed wake up call for ministers.

We need a clear, long-term strategy with dedicated standards in the National Planning Policy Framework, where housing standards offer choice to disabled people, all properties meet appropriate minimum standards and questions of viability no longer present a barrier to developers.”