The EHRC launched an inquiry into housing for disabled people in December 2016, and called for evidence in February 2017. Submissions from disabled people and relevant organisations should be made by 18 April 2017.
Housing and associated support is an important part of independent living. Without appropriate housing it is much harder to access employment, education, leisure and recreational opportunities and the risk of illness and disability is increased.
According to one housing report, there are 1.8 million disabled people whose housing needs are not met. Another report estimated that there is only enough funding to pay for one in every ten people who want to adapt their homes.
The Commission will look at whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services around it, is fulfilling disabled people’s rights to live independently. More information is available in the inquiry terms of reference.