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A decent home for every disabled child

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One in four children live in a home that makes their condition worse or puts them at risk. 

This needs to change. Take action and join our campaign.

BBC Newsnight has exclusively covered the launch of our #CountingTheCosts housing study. Tune into BBC Two at 10.30pm to hear from our CEO Amanda Batten and from three families whose lives have been devastated by the homes in which they live.

Why we’re campaigning

We surveyed more than 4000 UK families about their financial and housing situation. Based on 2,861 fully completed responses we found that:

  • Four in 10 (41%) families with disabled children have a home that doesn’t meet their child’s needs.
  • Over a quarter (27%) say their home makes their child’s condition worse or puts them at risk.
  • Over a quarter (26%) say their home needs adaptations to meet their child’s needs.
  • One in five (21%) have feared losing their home in last 12 months.

There is a huge shortage of affordable and accessible housing for families with disabled children. Families are also waiting too long for housing adaptions needed to help manage their child’s condition and keep them safe. Affordable and safe housing for young disabled adults is almost non-existent too.

What we’re campaigning for

The government must: 

  • Build more accessible and affordable social housing, and give greater priority to families with disabled children needing social housing.
  • Reduce waiting times for specialist home adaptions and increase the grants available.
  • Introduce higher accessibility standards when building new homes.
  • Create more and safer supported housing for disabled young people.

Together we can make this happen. Take action today!

Join our campaign network

We’ll be launching the full Counting the Costs 2021 research findings soon. For press enquires about the results please email press@contact.org.uk

Keep up-to-date by signing up to our campaign updates.

Need advice on housing?

We have information on our website on:

You can also find advice from housing charity Shelter in:

Or if you live in Northern Ireland, from Housing Advice for Northern Ireland.