Response to Women and Equalities Committee's report on improving access and inclusion

25 April 2017

In response the latest Women and Equalities Committee's report on improving access and inclusion, our chief executive Neil Heslop said:

‘The committee’s findings echo many from our own research, as well as what disabled people regularly tell us. All too often they are living in homes which have not been properly adapted or are unsuitable in other ways. This can have serious consequences for their health, independence and full participation in community life.

‘Our last research on this issue found more than half (52%) of people with a mobility problem say they do not have doors or hallways wide enough for a wheelchair. With life expectancy going up, more people will potentially face life changing disabilities in their later years. 

‘Around one in 10 people in Great Britain report some kind of mobility problem. House builders, local authorities and political parties all need to commit to making sure the next generation of homes and our towns and cities are fit for purpose for disabled people wherever they live.’

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