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Inquiry on housing for people with disabilities launched

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MPs have launched an inquiry into how far the planning system is helping to deliver homes that are suitable for disabled people.

Launched today by the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee, the inquiry will look at the role of Government, local authorities and developers in the delivery of housing that is accessible and adaptable.

The Committee will also be looking at the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and whether it ensures housebuilding complies with the Equality Act 2010.

Clive Betts, chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, said: ‘Many people with disabilities will be living in homes that are neither adapted nor accessible. This might apply to those seeking social housing because they or their immediate family members have a disability, or they might be wishing to buy, or rent privately, and cannot find housing that’s suitable for their disability-related needs.

‘We want to examine what Government can do to ensure disabled residents have access to accessible and adaptable housing in England and how far the planning system is helping to deliver suitable homes.

‘We’re also keen to explore the role of Government, local councils and developers in delivering suitable housing for people with disabilities and what the Government can do to support disabled tenants in the private rented sector in England.’

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