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INCLUSIVE DESIGN – Government promises more accessible homes and transport

The UK Government has launched a new Disability Strategy to tackle barriers faced by disabled people at home and at work. It said “Findings from the UK Disability Survey which had over 14,000 respondents showed many disabled people feel held back in their everyday lives……. by poorly designed homes, transport infrastructure, and public buildings and facilities or by a lack of support at school and at work.”

The strategy sets out 100 immediate commitments supported by £1.6bn of funding alongside an ambitious agenda for future reform, including:

  • Raising the accessibility requirements for new homes and adapting existing homes using the £573 million Disabled Facilities Grant to make changes like widening doors, installing ramps, fitting stair lifts or installing a downstairs bathroom.
  • Mandating that 10% of homes built through the £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26 will be for supported housing, boosting availability of good homes for those with additional needs. This target is designed to make more homes available to people with additional needs.

“MHCLG completed a consultation on raising accessibility standards for new homes in England in December 2020, and has been considering the responses and next steps. MHCLG will confirm plans to improve the framework to deliver accessible new homes by December 2021.

These reforms must be informed by robust data and evidence of disabled people’s experiences. MHCLG is commissioning new research to develop the statutory guidance on meeting Building Regulations, covering access to and use of buildings (Approved Document M).

The research will help us to improve guidance and inform future policy. It will consider modern building design approaches, technology, and building use and operation.”


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READ THE STRATEGY:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-disability-strategy

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