Provider warns disabled people are losing out
Disabled people are being excluded from the government's home ownership drive, a specialist provider has warned.
John Grooms Housing Association said the inequality faced by disabled people restricted their chances of accessing any of the new low cost home ownership products.
The warning came after a new survey published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that disabled people were facing increasing poverty.
The research reported that although poverty was falling overall in the UK, disability was twice as common among the poorest fifth of the population.
There were 80,000 disabled people between 25 and retirement age who were economically inactive but wanted to find work, compared with just 200,000 of the able-bodied unemployed.
Graham Nickson, spokesperson for John Grooms Housing Association, said: 'The fact that disabled people are more likely to be unemployed means that they are less able to access the private housing market because they're less able to access finance.
'The government emphasis on house purchase and buying houses makes it more difficult,' he said. 'If you can't access finance to help part buy, you are excluded.'