Housing and disabled people
The Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission has made clear that decent housing is a basic human right that helps people to enjoy independent and fulfilled lives (Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2019). Everyone, including people who have a disability, should have the right to live independently, although many take this right for granted. In the UK, however, some disabled people are being denied this basic human right and authorities are not brought to account.
If housing is seen as a cornerstone of an equitable society and independent living, why do so many people with disabilities live in homes that do not meet their requirements? People with disabilities must be given choice and control over their lives, this includes access to accessible housing. If this basic human right is to become a reality, then urgent action is needed.
Housing is inextricably linked to health, wellbeing, financial security and economic mobility; it should not be treated as a market commodity. It is the basis of stability and security for an individual or family, it is the centre of social, emotional and sometimes economic lives, a home should be a sanctuary; a place to live in peace, with security and with dignity.
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