Housing: Disability and Older People

(asked on 11th January 2021) - View Source

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

What steps he is taking to help ensure the provision of accessible homes for older and disabled people.


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Kelly Tolhurst Portrait
Kelly Tolhurst
This question was answered on 11th January 2021

By April 2022, the Government will have invested over £4 billion through the Disabled Facilities Grant, which will have funded adaptations to almost 400,000 homes since 2010.

In addition, 10 per cent of units delivered under the new Affordable Homes Programme will be used to increase the supply of specialist or supported housing.

Our current planning rules mean councils must consider the needs of older people and those with disabilities when planning new homes, and the Government recently consulted on options that include introducing higher mandatory accessibility standards for all new homes.

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Recent Documents related to Housing: Disability and Older People

1. Age UK - written evidence
03/09/2019 - Inquiry: Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: housing designed to meet the needs of older and disabled people should be an important component of increasing

2. Raising accessibility standards for new homes
08/09/2020 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: 6 Introduction 7 Background 7 Accessible homes 7 Building Regulations 8 Approved

3. UK Cohousing Trust - written evidence
03/09/2019 - Inquiry: Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: to boost social and affordable rented housing provision. This will include the adequacy of funding levels

4. Disabled facilities grants for home adaptations
22/07/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: BRIEFING PAPER Number 03011, 22 July 2018 Disabled Facilities Grants for home adaptations By Wendy

5. Age UK - written evidence
25/02/2019 - Inquiry: Modern Methods of Construction - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: Cymru, Age NI and local Age UKs across England, to help everyone make the most of later life, whatever their

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Recent Speeches related to Housing: Disability and Older People

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04/11/2020 - Lords Chamber

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2. Covid-19: Effect on People with Learning Disabilities
15/12/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: considered the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people with learning disabilities.It is a great - Speech Link

3. Disabled Facilities Grants (Review)
14/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: to require the Secretary of State to review the Disabled Facilities Grants system; and for connected purposes - Speech Link

4. Railway Stations: Accessibility
27/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: day. However, even with such a large number of people using the rail network, many stations still lack - Speech Link
2: constituency. We managed to get lifts to make disabled access possible, but it was quite a bureaucratic - Speech Link
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5. Inclusive Transport Strategy
25/10/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: in five people in the UK are disabled. We also have an ageing society, and, as people get older, they are - Speech Link

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