Local councils need greater planning powers to address accessible housing crisis, spokesperson says


Local councils need greater planning powers and resources to hold developers to account, a spokesperson for the Local Government Association has said.

Speaking in response to the launch of a new coalition to campaign for accessible homes, Cllr Darren Rodwell added that the increase in resources would allow councils to ensure that developers are building the right homes in the right places for those most in need.

Speaking on the importance of accessible homes, Rodwell said: “Accessibility features and home adaptations are also vital to help keep people safe and independent in their homes and prevent avoidable admissions to hospital and care homes.

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“Every £1 spent on housing adaptations are worth more than £2 in care savings and quality of life gains.”

The Housing Made for Everyone (HoME) coalition, made up of 10 organisations including Habinteg, the Centre for Ageing Better, Age UK and the National Housing Federation, aims to secure suitable housing for all.

Speaking on the importance of the Disability Facilities Grant, Rodwell added: “As well as funding and powers to kick-start a renaissance in council house building, such as through reform to the Right to Buy scheme, the Disability Facilities Grant needs to be fully funded to keep up with demand, while we also need to see a long-term sustainable funding solution for adult social care.”

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