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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s announcement today on higher accessibility standards for new housing.

Commenting Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said:

“The Prime Minister’s announcement today of a new range of measures on housing, sick pay and employment for disabled people is a welcome step towards ensuring they have better support and opportunities in society.”

“As Bright Blue has argued, there is considerable scope to improve accessibility standards for housing. The building regulations set out additional standards with more stringent requirements for accessibility, however developers are not obligated to meet them. Requiring new builds to conform to these more ambitious standards would greatly improve the accessibility of new housing for disabled people. We hope this is the outcome of the Government’s consultation.”

In 2017, Bright Blue published a report, entitled Britain breaking barriers, recommending that converted dwellings be subject to minimum accessibility requirements as set out in M4(1) of the building regulations, and that all new dwellings in local authorities be required to conform to more stringent accessibility standards as set out in M4(2) of the building regulations.