On 22 April 2013, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability (APPGLD) discussed the barriers to independent living which particularly focussed on housing.
The Government needs to be urged to ensure housing benefit rules enable people with a learning disability to live in the community where that is what they want and Mencap’s report shows there are significant challenges to address.
“People with a learning disability should have the right to live independently”, says Baroness Wilkins, who chaired the meeting and added that “housing should be a …higher priority on the political agenda.”
Judith, mum of Sam, a GLH tenant (pictured above on the left) shared his experiences of living independently, “Sam having the chance to share a house with friends with the support he needs has transformed his life, as well as having a positive impact on those closest to him.” See Sam’s story.
Alastair Graham, director of Golden Lane Housing (GLH) explained the Bond Issue can help to provide housing provision for people with a learning disability, especially for those needing specialist adaptations.
The GLH bond has been a very successful means to raise the capital needed for buying properties in the current climate where there are ever decreasing choices available for obtaining funding.
Due to success of the GLH Bond the First Offer has been over subscribed but the Second Offer remains open. With the monies invested GLH has bought the first two properties and there are many more in the pipeline.
Find out more about the APPGLD in Mencap’s briefing.