Council criticised for ‘not tackling shortage of wheelchair accessible homes’


An authority in London has responded to a local resident who criticised the council for failing to build an adequate number of wheelchair accessible homes in recent years.

Redbridge Council confirmed to resident Angela Kennedy that it has built just two wheelchair accessible homes in the last four years, after she put in a freedom of information (FOI) request, according to a local newspaper report.  

Ms Kennedy and her 30-year-old daughter are disabled and she believes there is “clearly” a shortage of adequately accessible homes in the borough.

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She told East London and West Essex Guardian that this means disabled people are at a high risk of becoming homeless.

But the council has said that it plans to build 11 new properties this year that will have wheelchair access. Each property will be managed by Redbridge Council.

A spokesman from the authority told the newspaper: “We are very assertive in providing accessible homes and all our new builds incorporate the 16 rigorous design criteria necessary to meet government accessibility standards, including adaptability for wheelchair users.

“Of those constructed by the council between 2012 and 2018 we have also built two wheelchair standard, with kitchens and bathrooms especially fitted to suit.

“Of the 134 we are due to start building before the end of this year, all will be accessible with 11 meeting the additional wheelchair standard.”

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