Lifelong homes — letter in The Times

Clare Pelham, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, and Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope, wrote to The Times about disabled-friendly homes. Their letter was published on 5 September 2014:

The Demos Commission on Residential Care makes it clear we need more choice for disabled and older people both of good care and of good housing. 

The good news is that it only costs the builder about £1,000 extra to build a new house in a way that enables it to be easily adapted. London has led the way — to the great credit of both Boris and Ken. Yet so far, ministers have failed to make this compulsory for new homes outside the capital. This will mean that thousands of us could end up living in Victorian conditions, washing at our kitchen sinks because our houses aren't suitable for stair lifts.

A change that will improve the lives of thousands of people and will cost the taxpayer nothing. That's not an opportunity that happens every day and government should be using the Deregulation Bill next month to make it a reality.

Find out more about Home Truths, our campaign for more disabled-friendly homes.