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DCN responds to parliamentary inquiry on disabled people in the housing sector

Published: 28 September 2023

DCN has responded to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee’s inquiry into ‘Disabled people in the housing sector’.

In our response, DCN called for additional funding to support the increased costs associated with adaptations and the growing level of need so that district councils can continue to best serve the needs of older and disabled people.

“We need greater support and powers from central government if we are to achieve our goal of making all housing in our areas as accessible as possible. DCN is calling for urgent reform of the planning system to ensure that more accessible and wheelchair user friendly properties are brought forward through the planning system.”

The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a helpful tool to adapt more homes to meet the requirement of disabled residents. However, the means test is in urgent need of reform and the maximum grant limit of £30,000 is insufficient.”

You can read our full response by clicking here.

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