Following the controversy over George Osbourne’s planned £4.4billion of welfare cuts targeted at people with disabilities, issues of fairness and access for the disabled community have been brought back into the spotlight. Although changes to Personal Independence Payments have now been shelved following a public outcry, disabled people still face immense difficulty in living their lives comfortably and independently.
Housing has become a defining policy issue for the London Mayoral candidates, as spiralling house prices, rising rents, and a substantial lack of supply, take their toll on London’s 8.6 million residents. However, the issue of finding affordable and suitable housing becomes even more acute for the 14%, or over 1 million Londoners, who identify themselves as disabled.
With the London Mayoral election fast approaching, TheHouseShop.com’s Franki Chaffin-Edwards spoke exclusively to the 2016 London Mayoral candidates to find out how disabled-access and accessibility fit into their plans for the future of London’s housing market.