Last chance to sign petitions for disabled-friendly homes in Scotland and Wales
2 March 2015
by Jacq Kelly and Rhian Stangroom-Teel
Suitable housing is a part of life that we all expect and many of us take for granted. You expect easy access to your front door, so you can leave your home whenever you want. You expect a bathroom you can use when you’re still half asleep first thing in the morning, without having to ask for help getting there.
But these can be impossible when you live in a house that's inaccessible and doesn’t meet your needs.
Present figures show that 500,000 people across the UK become disabled every year. That means homes need to be adaptable, so that in the future they can add grab rails and wet rooms, stairlifts or hoists. But many existing homes can’t be adapted at all, and even with newly built homes most can’t be adapted cheaply.
In Scotland at the current rate of increase, it would take 62 years for there to be enough wheelchair accessible social housing in Scotland to meet demand.
In Wales, almost three quarters (72%) of people report that they live in a home without an accessible front door, and more than half of people in Wales don't have stairs big enough for a stair lift to be fitted. 22% of disabled households are currently waiting for an adaptation to be made to their home.
The governments in Wales and Scotland have responsibility for housing in their nations (while Westminster has responsibility for England). To make sure each government gets the message, we need separate petitions rather than one for the whole UK.
Our petitions for disabled-friendly homes in Scotland and Wales close tonight at midnight.
- If you live in Wales, please sign our petition to the Welsh Assembley, available in English or Welsh.
- If you live in Scotland, please sign the petition to the Scottish Parliament.
Jacq Kelly is our Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Scotland), and Rhian Stangroom-Teel is our Policy and Public Affairs Officer (Wales).