Finding accessible housing in London that allows me to live independently has proved impossible
Everyone knows its tough to find a place to live in London, and thats without a disability. I recently graduated from university with a degree in social work and, like many young graduates, would love to live in London to increase my chances of getting a job and because most of my friends live there. It has, however, been a struggle to find accessible, affordable accommodation to rent with my able-bodied friends.
This isnt surprising given the recent findings of the English Homes Survey 2014, which is based on 2012 housing stock. The survey reveals a shortage of disabled-friendly homes, with only 5% of UK homes accessible enough for disabled people to visit. According to the disability charity Livability, an estimated 40% of disabled people aged 16-24 do not live in suitable accommodation. Continue reading...