Accessible housing

Housing should be physically accessible as well as being affordable. Provision needs to be flexible to accommodate changes in health circumstances.

People often have long hospital stays while they wait for adaptations to their housing. Adaptations for housing can make a huge a difference.

People are now living longer, so some houses are no longer suitable for them, for example if their mobility decreases and they live in a house with stairs. Homes for people with health issues should be situated in the communities where they reside so that they can be near family and friends.

Housing stock for disabled people reduces when the disabled person is no longer living there, as it is converted back into housing for non-disabled people. Those not being replaced, driven by pressure on local authorities to find housing for, for example, homeless people - or face fines.

Local authorities are removing adaptations to housing so that they can accommodate non-disabled people. There is need to provide support for older people to stay in the communities that they’ve lived in all their lives.

We should provide the necessary housing should they want to remain in their communities, but recognise that not everyone wants to stay in their own home. People should be given the choice.

 

Why the contribution is important

This is important as it provides balanced communities and choice over housing.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on November 02, 2015 at 02:18PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 13:03

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    People should be given accessible housing support and housing appropriate to their needs. Some tenants are more able than others to look after themselves and run their tenancy, and there should be tailored support for those who need it. An example given was of people with autism not liking noise, but can’t have bungalows because they are for the over-60s. Care charges in supported tenancies also go up every year, but income doesn’t increase.

    This is important as it also affects those who are most vulnerable. Early and simple interventions and support can prevent much bigger problems later, such as homelessness.
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