COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Disabled people not sufficiently mobile because of housing

John Grooms

Almost 250,000 disabled people are prisoners in their own homes, according to new research by disability charity.

The charity commissioned a survey of the quality of housing for wheelchair users in the UK and found that 24 per cent of respondents were suffering as a result of location and access, making it almost impossible for them to lead a fully mobile existence. Up to 40 per cent said that their housing made them unnecessarily dependent on other people.

John Grooms is warning that a full-scale care and housing crisis could occur if moves are not made to improve quality of housing for wheelchair users. It is calling for the Government to invest in quality care homes, and ensure that at least 10 per cent of all new social housing is wheelchair-friendly.

The charity is working with a group of wheelchair users to campaign for change, and the group has recruited 15 MPs to raise their concerns in Parliament.

"Current under-provision in care and independent accommodation means thousands of people have their basic rights denied and find themselves prisoners in homes that do not meet their needs," said Mike Shaw, director at John Grooms.

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