Presentation on theme: "Dr Jacqueline Aneen Campbell, Shelter Cymru Rhyan Berrigan, Disability Wales."— Presentation transcript:
Dr Jacqueline Aneen Campbell, Shelter Cymru Rhyan Berrigan, Disability Wales
Lack of suitable adapted and accessible properties Social housing often ‘falling short’ Suitable housing needed for disabled people to have independence, choice and control
An AHR is a register that: · identifies disabled people in need of accessible homes; · identifies accessible properties, their location and characteristics; and · enables effective matching of people and suitable homes.
The review was undertaken between July 2012 and December 2012 Primary data collection with stakeholders and service users Questionnaires, interviews, focus groups ( social landlords and wider stakeholders), document analysis and telephone calls Peer Researchers
All local authorities have a matching process Fourteen local authorities told us that there is an AHR in the local authority area Variation – between AHRs and matching systems
Survey responses Variation in interpretation Incorporated into the Common Housing Register
Main rationale was to make best use of existing resources and being better able to match the housing needs of disabled people with available accommodation Less than two fifths were influenced by Welsh Government policy Backing and support across local authority boundaries using existing good practice. Mandatory AHR?
Benefits and impact: ensuring that adapted properties are retained for the use of disabled people ensuring that disabled people are being rehoused in sustainable tenancies Ensure disabled people aren’t housed/left housed in unsuitable accommodation
AHR: an effective system for identifying accessible/adapted/adaptable properties and ensuring they are available to those who need them receive specialist training in matching people to their accessible home and feel more confident in their ability to do so consider a range of holistic needs more joint working between departments and organisations
The majority of frontline staff who do not use an Accessible Housing Register would like to do so in the future. Service users would like to see all social landlords use an Accessible Housing Register
Barriers: restrictions in public sector spending and Housing Benefit reforms; the cost and expertise needed; lack of staff resource; limited housing stock; managing expectations; lack of leadership on the issue and changing service user needs.
Facilitators: commitment and buy-in from all partners; good record keeping and information sharing and strong partnership working.
Strong support but barriers identified: landlord reluctance and security of tenure BUT… some success already Joint initiatives are needed
AHRs should be used Good practice and specialism already in Wales Cross organisation and boundary work Link in with other social landlords Specialism
Suggestions for social landlords: Service user involvement and the social model of disability Partnership working and effective signposting Monitoring for an effective cost-benefit analysis
Welsh Government should: continue to encourage the use of Accessible Housing Registers and ensures their effective operation. Encouraging cross-boundary work will help to make best use of existing resources and promote consistency, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. This also includes encouraging strong leadership across the sector to support the development of new skills and understanding. Support work in the PRS
Dr Jacqueline Aneen Campbell Senior Research Officer Shelter Cymru