A Hertfordshire carer is trying to get support and signatures for her petition to Government seeking builders and property developers to be required to provide a quota of wheelchair accessible homes in their developments.
Janice Nayler has launched the petition to address the lack of wheelchair accessible accommodation. There are about 1.2 million people in the UK reliant on using a wheelchair, but according to a YouGov poll carried out last year for affordable housing provider Habinteg, found only one in five people thought wheelchair users would be able to access all areas of their home.
Another motivation for the petition is personal as Janice cares for someone with a physical disability, who for nearly three years, since requiring a wheelchair, has been unable to access their bathroom for a shower or wash. Instead they have had to have bowls of water brought to the bedroom.
They’ve tried to get home adaptations but have been unsuccessful for various reasons. They’ve also been unable to find suitable property within reasonable reach for the family.
The petition is at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/549643 and is open to sign until March 2nd 2021.
In the petition Janice points out that local authorities can set affordable housing obligations, which in 2018/19 led to 57,485 affordable homes being delivered. However, only 7% offer minimal features for disabled people – wider doors, step free entry, and a toilet and living area on the entrance level.
Janice said: “Showers and kitchens are still inaccessible. The impact that a lack of disabled housing creates is poor living conditions for disabled people and costs to the NHS and local government caring for these people. Disabled people should be treated equally they should have a quality of life and be able to be independent.”
Of the support Janice has received from Carers in Hertfordshire, she said: “Carers in Hertfordshire has been a great help, providing me with advice, listening to me, and the advocacy worker has attended meetings with me to try and resolve the situation.”
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