Creating more adapted properties for disabled people and their families.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Helen Caudwell started this petition to Bury Council housing (Bury Council)

Being a disabled person, or the parent/guardian/carer for a person with disabilities brings numerous challenges and, as I have personally discovered, one of the main issues being finding a suitable property to live in. 

My daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy 4 years ago and because of this I have had to reduce my working hours leaving me with no option to afford to move into a more suitable property for her needs as I now don’t earn enough for a mortgage and banks won’t accept benefit help as income. Because of this we have applied for help with an adapted property with Bury Council and we have currently been waiting more than 2 years to be housed. After enquiring about the process we were told that “disabled people can only be housed into a suitable property that has already been adapted and there is currently a severe shortage of those”. If this is the case then why can’t more properties be adapted? Which is what I am petitioning for.

Disabled people deserve the right for some independence and their families the right to live somewhere that can help them look after someone to the best of their ability instead of struggling somewhere unsuitable. If there is a “severe shortage” of adapted properties then there is obviously a growing need which needs addressing. The current protocol for the housing list is to look at a list of available council properties (each week) and ‘bid’ on a property that may be suitable and hope you get picked, however the majority of properties are for the over 55s and some that are available to bid on, although ‘adapted’ this just means there is a wet room which is not necessarily the only need for a disabled person & they are too small/not suitable. We are still only able to bid on properties dependent on the number of bedrooms somewhere has although space can be a major issue for a disabled person. My daughter has lots of equipment and will only need more as she gets older to allow her to move around or to be bathed/transferred etc but this too is not taken into consideration. It seems that disabled people have been ‘clumped’ in with the average listing need but this doesn’t work and something needs to change. If I had the ability to buy my own bungalow/suitable property then I would but I am in a position where I am penalised for having to reduce work hours to care for my child and I am sure the majority of other people are in the very same position. The council will adapt your own property if it is suitable (which ours is not and I’m sure the same for others) but they won’t adapt any more council properties to help with the growing number of people who need them. 

What I am wanting is for the council to adapt more properties to allow disabled people and their families to have a suitable and safe home and for the standard ‘limited bedroom requirements’ and ‘over 55s only’ prejudices to be lifted. Disabled people should have equal rights to bungalows and also have their space needs (equipment/therapies etc) taken into consideration, not just how many ‘bedrooms’ there are - a bedroom is only a bedroom if there is a bed in it, otherwise it is just another room in a house which could be used as a therapy room or a store room for the numerous pieces of equipment needed for some.

Please help me spread the word and give me a voice to push for these changes to help my family and families just like mine.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!