First cross-authority disabled register launched
Ability Housing Association has launched the first cross-authority disabled housing register, marking the first step towards a national disabled housing register.
The move follows calls from disabled rights groups for local authorities to do more to ensure their adapted homes were not let out to able-bodied tenants, leaving the disabled community short of suitable homes.
Ability has operated a dedicated register of adapted housing with Reading Council for more than a year now, but now the system has been opened up to East Hampshire Council. Test Valley and Gosport Councils are both set to join by the end of October.
David O'Neil, director of operations at Ability, said the new register was the first to be compatible with all authorities' and housing associations' allocation systems, so it had the scope to expand nationally.
'It can be run as just one register with individual information. It can be opened up too,' he said. 'The advantage that our register has over some of the other existing ones is that it's web based so it can be accessed by anyone.'