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Accessible Homes Consultation

11 September 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Leanne Sparkes
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On 8 September, the Accessible Homes Consultation was launched by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, running until 1 December 2020.

The consultation considers how to raise accessibility standards, recognising the importance of suitable homes for the disabled, and the elderly.

In particular, it considers how the existing optional accessible and adaptable standard for homes and the wheelchair user standard are used and whether government should mandate a higher standard or reconsider the way the existing optional standards are used.

Read the consultation paper – Raising accessibility standards for new homes 

The consultation was announced during the unveiling of the £12 million boost for affordable housing. The government has announced that around half of all new homes will be available for affordable home ownership, helping even more people to get on the housing ladder. In order to support people from all backgrounds, the rest will be made available for discounted rent, including 10% for supported housing.

Homes England will publish their Affordable Homes Programme prospectus in the forthcoming week, inviting councils, housing associations and private providers to start preparing their bids. New homes will be delivered from next year.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, MP commented: “Thanks to the range of flexible ownership options being made available, more families across the country will be able to realise their dreams of owning their own home, with half of these homes being made available for ownership”.

Read the full announcement