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Drivers fined £4.2m for parking in blue badge bays

Councils issued 97,138 tickets for parking in blue badge spaces last year; drivers also fined £1.7m for blocking dropped kerbs Almost 100,000 drivers were given tickets for parking in parking bays for disabled people in 2017, racking up fines of £4.2m in the process. A series of freedom of information requests to local authorities has Read this story


Builders criticised for lobbying against accessible homes

From the Guardian Disability Private housebuilders have been accused of “appalling self-interest” over their lobbying against building more accessible homes for disabled residents. The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has been objecting to councils across England that wish to fix new targets to increase the number of homes with room for wheelchair users and which could Read this story


Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the EHRC examined

The Women and Equalities Committee has begun its scrutiny of the Equality Act 2010, following a request for written evidence, which closed on 5 October 2018. The Committee is holding the inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 – legislation which is designed to “provide a legal framework to protect the rights of Read this story


Inclusive Design Officer Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council wish to recruit for an Inclusive Design Officer.  This role is to promote and achieve excellent design and to provide specialist advice on inclusive design matters and ensure a quality, customer focussed and business friendly service. To conserve the City’s heritage whilst enabling appropriate development across the City. In addition to this, Read this story


Largest-ever survey on wheelchair users and their housing needs

The Abode Impact research, funded by Commonweal Housing, surveyed 448 wheelchair-user households and gained insight from social housing providers to provide an investment case for accessible housing. Findings include: There is a chronic lack of wheelchair accessible homes in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), according to new research by Abode Impact • 4 in 5 Read this story


Changes to planning policy and guidance consultation

The Government’s priorities are to deliver more and better-designed homes, and to do so faster. This has been the theme of reforms undertaken over the last 18 months, from the White Paper Fixing the broken housing market, to the revision of the National Planning Policy Framework, which have been about delivering the homes this country needs, in the Read this story


Street Design in the UK Pilot Survey 2018

Street Design in the UK – 2018 Pilot Survey reveals widespread failure to update highways standards to reflect government guidance and statutory duties The Urban Design Group (UDG) has released the findings of a survey on Street Design Practice in the UK.  All Recognised Practitioners in Urban Design were invited to report on the practices Read this story


Research on Inclusive Cycling

Sustrans and Arup are conducting a research project on inclusive cycling and will produce a policy/sector paper to influence local and national government to shed light onto how to design cities for that allow everyone to cycle. Building on the research undertaken by Sustrans on gender and cycling, this research will focus on two groups Read this story