Councils leave people with disabilities stranded in their homes
- 22 Apr
It has been revealed that councils are failing to complete adaptations to homes within the legal time limit.
People with disabilities are stranded in their homes due to a "culture of law-breaking" within the local government over obligations to adapt homes, making them more accessible, reports the Independent.
New research by The Leonard Cheshire Charity has found that two thirds of councils are failing to complete home adaptations within the one year legal limit and that almost half are making people with disabilities wait over two years for essential adaptations.
Currently 2.9% of the total budget for GPs is spent on cases related to unfit housing and demand for adaptions has risen by 6% since 2011/12.
Andy Cole, campaigns director for Leonard Cheshire Disability, said it was "shocking" that funding was being cut while demand was rising.
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