Charity takes ‘lucky dip' protest to No 10
A group of wheelchair users were joined by Baroness Howarth, president of disability charity John Grooms, to deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street on Tuesday calling for government action on housing for disabled people. A new survey by John Grooms has found that a quarter of wheelchair users are effectively ‘prisoners in their own homes' because of poor access and location. Four out of 10 of all disabled people responding to the survey said their housing situation made them unnecessarily dependent on other people and a third living in rented accommodation had to wait more than a year to be offered their home, whether it was suitable or not. The charity has launched a ‘lucky dip' campaign highlighting the lottery involved in finding a suitable home, backed by a motion tabled in the House of Commons.MP Anne Begg, one of the sponsors of the motion, said: ‘This cause requires greater political and financial commitment to build a better future for all disabled people.'