Inclusion Scotland has welcomed the publication of a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that highlights that Scotland’s disabled people are being failed by Government policy and local government inaction.
Heather Fisken, Manager of Independent Living in Scotland said “This is indeed a hidden crisis. Disabled people living in unsuitable housing are denied their human rights to participate in and contribute to their communities. Living in inaccessible housing can mean not getting outside at all or only rarely, or even being forced to move to a care home.
“The EHRC’s recommendations echo Inclusion Scotland’s own report ‘Our Place, Our Space‘ which called on Scottish Government to introduce a national target for new build houses built to wheelchair accessible standards, and for a new accessible housing design standard. Without urgent policy change and investment the situation is set to get worse as the population ages and housing stocks depreciate.”
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Iain Smith, Policy & Public Affairs Officer; 0131 281 0862 firstname.lastname@example.org