Ahead of the upcoming National Strategy for Disabled People, the Centre for Social Justice Disability Commission has published a report with ambitious and transformational recommendations across a range of goods and services sectors, including a section on housing and references the Housing LIN in a couple of places (Part 1, Section 4).
The report states:
"Without radically changing our approach to accessible housing, we are likely to continue to fail to provide for our population’s needs."
The Commission calls for a three-pronged approach:
- Firstly, the adoption of a cost-effective approach to ensure that new builds are accessible and meet the needs of the population.
- Secondly, tackling the existing inaccessible housing stock. It highlights that three quarters of the current housing stock in England was built before 1980, of which 727 homes are inaccessible.
- Thirdly, whilst the supply of housing pre-determines most of the options in this chapter, it is imperative that once this is fixed, consideration must be given to how to best allocate accessible housing.