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New report from disability charity finds disabled people in Britain face ‘hidden housing crisis’

Disabled people face 'hidden housing crisis'

Disabled people face ‘hidden housing crisis’

A new report from Leonard Cheshire Disability uncovers a ‘hidden housing crisis’ experienced by disabled people in Britain.

The report finds that many disabled people are living in accommodation which is ill-designed for their needs, meaning that in some cases, people cannot even access their bedrooms to sleep.

Leonard Cheshire Disability claims that around five million people require a disabled-friendly home, and this number is expected to rise due to our ageing population.

A survey carried about by the charity found that almost three-quarters of people with mobility problems do not have an accessible door into their building, and more than half say that their buildings do not have doors and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair. Read the rest of this entry

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Britain’s Richest 1% as Wealthy as Poorest 55% of Population

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According to a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Britain’s richest 1% have as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population put together. This analysis includes wealth in terms of property, pensions and financial assets.

Inequality between the north-south divide has also worsened, with household wealth in the south-east rising five times faster than the rest of the country. The average wealth of households in the south-east rose 30% from 2006-8 to the end of 2012, whereas the average rise in England was only 6%.

In addition, the north-east was the only region where average household wealth actually fell.

The report states that the situation is likely to have worsened due to an 18% rise in house prices over the past year in the south-east. In addition, a rush to save among richer households during the recession boosted the nation’s total wealth, with the top 10% owning 44% of the household wealth, and the poorest 50% of the country owning only 9%.

A recent report from Oxfam also showed that five billionaire families own the same wealth as 20% of the population. Read the rest of this entry