We have joined other charities and organisations in signing an open letter to the government. Calling on them to implement protections for Disabled People who can’t self-evacuate in the event of a fire. We also asked that no disabled leaseholder loses their home or is financially penalised due to the need for remedial works to remove cladding.
Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK’s Head of Policy, Fazilet Hadi said
“It is now over 18 months since the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommended that building owners and managing agents should have a legal duty to prepare Personal emergency Evacuation Plans for disabled residents unable to self-evacuate. It is completely unacceptable that thousands of disabled residents continue to live in fear of fire.
It is also wholly unjust that disabled leaseholders should fear losing their adapted homes or be asked to contribute to bills for remedial works that they can’t afford and that aren’t their responsibility.
Government needs to take swift action to protect Disabled People and the Open Statement sets out what needs to happen”.
To read or download the Open Statement, click here.