ARCH and a number of contributing ARCH member councils and their
tenants have been thanked by the EHRC (Equalities & Human
Rights Commission) for their input into an EHRC Inquiry Report
entitled "Housing and disabled people, Britain's hidden crisis"
(link available below).
The inquiry looked at whether the availability of accessible and
adaptable housing, and the support services associated with it,
fulfilled disabled people's rights to independent living.
The EHRC report found that disabled people are disadvantaged in
almost every part of the housing market and that urgent action
needs to be taken by Governments, housing providers and local
authorities. The report identifies 4 major challenges faced
by disabled people:
- Disabled people are demoralised and frustrated by the housing
- There is a shortage of accessible homes
- Installing home adaptations involves unacceptable bureaucracy
- Disabled people are not getting the support they need to live
The inquiry also found that disabled people reported improved
physical and mental health and wellbeing, enhanced prospects for
employment and study when their homes met their access
EHRC view is that disabled people need to be recognised as the
best experts at determining and promoting better solutions. They
need to be actively engaged in developing local plans, policies,
services and scrutinising performance.
To support this the EHRC have produced a range of other useful
materials to complement their report, all available on the EHRC
website (link available below) including:
- Toolkits for use by disabled people, disabled peoples
organisations, Councillors and Local Authorities. The toolkits
provide guidance and examples of best practice in respect of the
provision and management of housing for disabled people and will be
launched in June 2018.
- The EHRC website also features written case studies and videos
featuring disabled people discussing how adaptations have enhanced
their lives and is available now
ARCH members are urged to read the full EHRC report: Housing
& disabled people: Britain's hidden crisis" and the
recommendations contained in it and consider how services for
disabled people in their area can be improved in.
Link to the EHRC website -
Link to the report -