Almost 24,000 people with disabilities in wheelchairs are waiting for social housing
- 12 Nov
A national charity has warned of almost 24,000 wheelchair users in the UK are waiting for social housing because of a ‘massive shortfall'.
Aspire has published research which shows that just over 5,000 homes accessible for wheelchairs were built in 2013, reports Inside Housing.
The research also found that 14% of people with spinal cord injuries are discharged to a permanent accessible property after completing their rehabilitation with the NHS.
By matching freedom of information responses on wheelchair accessible properties to wheelchair users, it estimated it would take 6 years to meet current demand, without even taking into account new wheelchair users.
‘At the heart of the problem is the lack of housing options available to disabled people; there simply is not enough wheelchair accessible housing in the country to meet the needs of our population,' the report said. ‘More wheelchair accessible housing would be a start and make sure that more people can live independently and go about their everyday lives.'
The report called for 10% of all new build properties to be wheelchair accessible, accessible homes to be made available to wheelchair users on waiting lists first and greater control over allocations for local authorities.
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