Young disabled people 'locked out' of housing
Young disabled people are ‘locked out’ of living independently because they do not trust the information given about homes suitable for them, a survey says.
Trailblazers, a group of disabled campaigners from across the UK, spoke to 200 young disabled people and found 85 per cent did not feel confident in the advice given to them about wheel-chair accessible homes.
The advice came from estate agents, local authorities and other housing providers and the report Locked out says this has stopped at least half of the people interviewed from living independently.
‘Many young disabled people lack the necessary faith in the services of local authorities, estate agents, landlords or property developers to make it possible for them to live independently or to move house where and when they want to,’ the report says.
‘As a consequence, young disabled people believe that their lifestyle and work opportunities are being compromised by a range of factors related to housing and the support required to live independently.’
The report asks for the government and local authorities to hold a housing and disability review to bring together developers, local authorities, the government and estate and letting agents to improve the information given.
It also calls on local and central government to put together focus groups of young disabled people to ensure care and housing services provided are relevant and appropriate to their needs.
‘Most of the people who took part in this investigation and helped formulate the findings of this report are young, well-qualified, independent and ambitious young adults who want to move away from the family home and live independently,’ the report adds.
‘However, they see themselves as being restrained by a shortage of housing to suit their access needs.’