Housing and disabled people: England statistics

infographic showing the stats about inaccessible housing in England

Big picture: inaccessible England

The need for accessible housing is increasing.

In 2015 to 2016 21% of people were disabled, up from 19% in 2013 to 2014.

9% of homes were lived in by at least one person who needed an adaptation in 2014 to 2015.

However, supply is not keeping up with demand. Just 5% of homes can be visited by a wheelchair user.

The bad news

Finding an accessible home is hard.

The average waiting time for an accessible home is 25 months.

The average waiting time from application to the installation of a typical adaptation is 5 months.

Just 22% of councils have an accessible housing register.

Only 12% of councils rate their data on disabled people’s housing requirements as 'good' or 'very good'. While 21% rate it as 'poor' or 'very poor'.

Funding for accessible homes is an issue:

Many disabled people aren’t aware of the grant available to cover adaptation costs.

23% of councils see a lack of funding as a barrier to adaptations.

Accessible homes are not being built:

25% of councils set targets for the proportion of new homes to be adaptable or accessible but 66% didn’t monitor it.

57% of councils agree it can be difficult to get developers to build accessible homes.

32% of councils agree developers are normally fully compliant with accessibility regulations. But only 3% had taken action against one on accessibility grounds.

The good news

The fund for grants to pay for adaptations will increase from £200 million in 2015 to 2016 to £505 million in 2019 to 2020.

Some councils are leading the way:

Accessible housing registers are being trialled in Scotland. Some councils like Brighton and Hove are designing adaptable homes.

There is engagement with disabled people on some council decision-making boards.