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Yorkshire and Humber one of the worst for disabled housing, charity reports

Around 80 per cent of Yorkshire and Humber's disabled people have inaccessible front doors, according to a charity.

75 percent of homes in the country do not have step free access or ramps Credit: Press Association

The findings were part of a nationwide survey which found that on average, 75 percent of homes in the country do not have step free access or ramps.

Yorkshire and Humber ranked as one of the worst regions for disabled housing, with 79 per cent of disabled people saying the could not access their front door.

The charity also found that around 65% of people did not have enough bathroom space to fit a wheelchair.

The charity describes this 'hidden housing crisis' as a reason why disabled people have trouble finding homes.

It is simply wrong that thousands of disabled people are ending up trapped all day in homes that are completely unsuitable for them. That makes for a miserable and lonely life for many disabled and older people. And it costs the taxpayer money.

Many disabled people are unable to move house and get a job because there aren’t enough ‘disabled-friendly’ properties. Other older and disabled people could live independently in a properly-adapted home but are forced into residential care.

Government should be making laws that increase the number of accessible homes, not reduce them. The shortage will only get worse as more and more of us live longer and need support to maintain our independence.

Any one of us could become disabled at any time – in a car accident, from a stroke, or as a soldier in conflict.

– Clare Pelham, Leonard Cheshire Disability Chief Executive

Leonard Cheshire is calling for an amendment to the Deregulation Bill later this month so all new build homes can be easily adapted for disabled people as part of their Home Truths campaign.

They also want 10 per cent of large developments to be fully wheelchair accessible so that disabled people can live independently and are able to pursue job opportunities across the country.


Hull fails in bid to bring HMS Illustrious to Hull waterfront

Hull City Council have failed in their £540,000 bid to bring HMS Illustrious to the city's waterfront.

Hull City Council failed in their £540,000 bid to bring the historic warship to the city Credit: Press Association

Councillor Stephen Brady has said that the plans to bring the ship to Hull were part of long-term plans to establish Hull as a tourist hub.

The Labour-led authority's spending on the bid has been criticised by Liberal Democrat councillors.

The council announced that they will push ahead with plans for a cruise terminal and other maritime attractions despite losing the bid to bring the historic warship to Hull's waterfront.

We’ve had a significant amount of public support throughout, and although we gave it our best shot, it was made clear during the bidding process that the MOD intended to strip the vessel of its historic assets, and were unwilling to provide any long-term funding which, in fact, made it economically unviable as a heritage attraction.

Our work on Illustrious has created a number of other opportunities that could deliver a huge boost to our visitor economy – the potential to establish a northern branch of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and to open a new gallery for a unique national collection of maritime paintings.

– Stephen Brady, Councillor


Family of missing Clive Nicholson appeal for help to find him

Clive Nicholson

The family of a man who's been missing for 10 days have made a desperate appeal to find him. The last known sighting of father-of-four Clive Nicholson is when he parked his car near his workplace in Sheffield. Police have released this footage of him leaving the car at Elmwood Farm pub in Beighton. His wife Sarah said the family, who live in York, are devastated.

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