Habinteg’s new Insight Report: A Forecast for Accessible Homes analyses English local plans which set policies for what types of homes are to be built by 2030 and where.
There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK yet just 7% of English homes currently provide even the most basic accessibility features. Unless new homes are suitable, older and disabled people will be excluded from aspects of daily life, placing increasing demand on public services.
An official report for government in 2014 estimated that without new regulations 47% of new homes would be built to the accessible, adaptable Lifetime Homes standard by 20243.
This report demonstrates that even in the best case scenario, delivery of accessible new homes in England is set to fall far short of the 47% benchmark.