The UK’s leading disability charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability, has launched a property search website, cantmove.co.uk, to highlight how difficult it is for disabled people to find suitable homes.
The parody website has been created after research carried out by the charity for their Home Truths campaign found that around 300,000 disabled people are stuck on housing waiting lists across Great Britain.
Visitors to the site can find out how many people are waiting for a disabled-friendly home in their area and are given the chance to quickly and easily contact their general election candidates to highlight the scale of the issue in their constituency.
Leonard Cheshire Disability research has found that many people are confined to a limited number of downstairs rooms and face the daily nightmare of washing in their kitchen, sleeping in their living room and being unable to get in and out of their front doors.
Emma Lindsay, Campaigns Manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:
“We decided to develop the Can’t Move site to make the point that there is a desperate shortage of suitable homes for disabled people. A house is not a home when you have to wash in your kitchen sink or sleep in your living room.
“With the general election fast approaching this is a perfect time to highlight to all the political parties that action is needed to ensure more disabled-friendly homes need to be built.”
The website is going live at the same time as the charity reveals new research on how councils are failing to adapt homes for disabled people within the one year legal limit.