People with a disability are being invited to take part in a new survey to help local authorities’ plan suitable housing and facilities for their communities.
Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and North East Derbyshire District Council are currently running the Disabled People’s Housing Research in their areas as part of a wider study across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Telephone surveys are being carried out as part of the research, which is designed to capture the experiences and needs of people with physical, mobility or visual disabilities. People are also being encouraged to fill in the survey online at www.ecoryssurveys.com/disabledhousingneeds
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Coun Ann Syrett said: “We want as many people with disabilities as possible to take part in this survey so we can make sure we get the right amount and type of accommodation in the right areas to meet the needs of disabled people.”
Coun Betty Hill, North East Derbyshire’s Member with responsibility for Housing, said: “This research will look at households where there is at least one person who has a physical disability that might make it difficult to live in their home.
“This could include difficulties moving around or problems with using things like taps and switches, for example.”
Coun Jim McManus, Executive Member for Housing at Chesterfield Borough Council added: “We are pleased to be involved with consultations like these as only with involvement with the people who are directly affected can we inform our long term planning and deliver more fit for purpose housing solutions.
“The results will help local authorities plan for the right amounts of disabled accommodation, in the right places, and provide better housing services for disabled people in the future.”