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Dr Rachael Docking, Senior Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better

After the Habinteg Housing Association released a report warning of an ‘accessible homes crisis’ and called on the UK Government to change planning policy, Dr Rachael Docking, Senior Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, has issued a response, highlighting a “shameful” lack of accessible homes across the UK.


“This report highlights the shameful lack of accessible homes available to suit the changing population now and in the future.

“Unfortunately, many local authorities lack a detailed understanding of the homes needed to support our longer lives. Even when they do provide specific requirements, there is often resistance from developers to build homes which older people or people living with a disability could live in, meaning they have nowhere to move to when their home isn’t suitable anymore.

“We need to provide better guidance to local planners on what homes are needed and require developers to make every new-build home in the UK future-proofed and accessible.

“Inaction condemns disabled and older people to daily suffering and limited independence. With action and commitment, we can build better homes that everyone can live in, regardless of their age or ability.”

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