Accessible homes letter in The Times today

11 February 2015

A letter co-signed by leading charities highlights concerns about the Deregulation Bill in today's Times. The full text of the letter is as follows:


Today is the last chance for the government to remove obstacles in the Deregulation Bill that will make it harder to build homes in which disabled and older people with reduced mobility can move around freely.

Accessible homes are desperately needed by those who face the daily nightmare of washing in the kitchen sink, sleeping in the living room or trying to get out of the front door. Such homes significantly reduce the health and social care cost to society by helping people to remain independent and by reducing the risk of injury.

This bill could have a truly progressive impact on accessible housing, but it risks being a retrograde step unless the details are improved. 

Andy Cole, Leonard Cheshire Disability; Caroline Abrahams, Age UK; Dan Scorer, Royal Mencap Society; Alastair Graham, Golden Lane Housing; David Sinclair, International Longevity Centre.

Our Public Affairs Manager, John Punter, has also written today about the dangers of letting the Deregulation Bill pass as it stands.


Wash in the sink we cant it is inaccessible, plastic bowl for us !

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