Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has joined a campaign calling on the government to build news homes to higher accessibility standards.
The authority became the latest body to support the Housing Made for Everyone (HoME) coalition’s campaign to make accessible and adaptable standards mandatory in all new homes.
Speaking shortly before the deadline for the government’s consultation on raising accessibility standards on new homes, which closed today, Councillor Brenda Warrington, Lead for the Age-Friendly and Equalities portfolio at the GMCA, said: “As we all grow older we should not have to outgrow our homes.
“The places where we live should support our changing needs and allow us to remain in – and contribute to – the communities that are the social and economic centres of our cities, towns and villages.
“The Government is consulting on proposals for new building standards that could play a critical role in helping us meet the needs of our communities now and in the future. We have an opportunity to make our voices heard, and in these last days ahead of the deadline I would urge people to take part and have their say.”
City Mayor Paul Dennett, GMCA Lead for Housing and Homelessness, added: “We’ve seen just how the coronavirus pandemic has exploited and exacerbated inequalities in our society. It’s vital that we do all we can to address these imbalances, and one of the most important steps we can take is to ensure everyone has affordable, good-quality, accessible housing that meets our changing needs.
“Building accessible homes from day one means more people can live independent, active lives in their own communities, because their homes are fit for a lifetime. That’s better for them, better for society as a whole and is a sensible investment in our collective future lifestyles.”