Invitation to take part in research on disabled people’s energy costs
Researchers at the University of York are examining how households with a disabled adult or child manage the cost of the energy they need to use. As part of this study, the researchers would like to talk to disabled people who rent their home – whether from a private landlord, local council or housing association – about their views and experiences of managing energy costs as part of their overall household budget.
The results will contribute to a report highlighting the links between disability-related costs and the cost of gas and electricity, and how this can lead to fuel poverty. If you would like to take part, or would like to find out more about this study, please get in touch with Dr Mark Bevan, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York. Mark can be contacted on 01904 321489, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 21 October, the Government published its response to the latest consultation on PIP, which was specifically focused on the Moving Around criteria. Unfortunately but predictably, the 20-metre rule is being retained. However, there were some interesting aspects to the Government’s response, which have been blogged at http://janeyoung.me.uk/2013/10/22/the-pip-20-metre-rule-remains-intact/
by Jane Young
Our friends at Habinteg Housing Association have alerted us to an important Government consultation on housing standards, including accessibility standards, which closes on 22 October. Habinteg is well known for its expertise in building accessible homes; it developed the Lifetime Homes Standard (in which housing is built so that it can be easily adapted for changing needs, especially when occupants become disabled) and both provides and promotes fully wheelchair accessible housing.