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Built environment still creates barriers for many disabled people

20 October 2016

Over 150 individuals and organisations have submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee's inquiry into disability and the built environment.

Scope of the inquiry

The inquiry aims to consider the full range of disability and impairment needs, including those of older people, people who have visual impairments, and people who have experience of mental health problems.

Some of the concerns raised in evidence to the Committee include: a lack of accessible housing for people with disabilities; a lack of accessible public toilets; access to public buildings and open spaces; and the layout of the urban street scene, including shared spaces.

Unnecessary problems in everyday life

Committee Chair, Maria Miller MP, said:

"While I am pleased we have had such a strong response to our call for evidence, the volume of submissions demonstrates that this is a serious problem for many people.
 
Whilst we have made great strides over the past 20 years in improving access to suitable housing and local services, too often, disabled people still face unnecessary problems in everyday life– from constant minor inconveniences to major challenges. It is clear from the evidence we have received that this is an issue that affects a wide range of people across the country. 
 
I hope that our inquiry will shed light on how we can best overcome the barriers that prevent disabled people living life to the full."

Further information

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