Moving out into your own place is very difficult in the current economic climate but nigh on impossible if you’re disabled (I’m talking about the U.K. because I don’t know much about the situation anywhere else). Firstly, people like me simply cannot cope physically and mentally with a normal 9-5 job so our income is benefits. Contrary to popular belief, I do not receive much at all when you take everything into account and I would be better off financially if I could work. That being said, people who do work often cannot afford a house/flat outright. Most have to rent for the majority of their lives.
However, it’s not that easy for me. Housing benefit can be claimed to help with the costs so that’s not an issue. Finding a disabled accessible property is the problem. There simply aren’t a lot around and if there are, none are available. You’d think that the council might be able to provide but their provisions are poor. My local area of St. Albans for example only has a handful of purpose built places but they’re all currently occupied and will remain so for the foreseeable future. They’re only solution is to adapt an existing property but what one?
They’re plan sounds so simple but if they ever tried to find a suitable bungalow/flat and a landlord that is willing for adaptations to be made, perhaps they’d realise the amount of frustration it brings. Ever since I turned 18, I have been desperate to move out but nearly 3 years on (21 in December) I am still stuck at home. My family and I have written numerous letters, spoken with various people on the phone and held countless meetings to discuss my situation but all have been fruitless. This has brought me a lot of stress and has had a negative impact on my family relationships but no one seems to care.
I totally understand why a private landlord might not want their place to be adapted because we;d have to sign a contract saying that I plan to stay there for at least three years. What does annoy me though is that when a new batch of properties is built either by the council or a housing association, they claim to be wheelchair accessible. They normally are but it is simply the bare minimum to satisfy disability regulations. The need for a wet room, accessible toilet or a hoist are not even considered. To me, it's false advertising.