news-health-13688-220f74201b26a0e3de1f5505e9c92d4e-b4cf2ebb-c162-4b53-9124-0f968527f5d2-2Many disabled people are living in conditions “reminiscent of a Victorian era”, a charity has warned.

Leonard Cheshire Disability said that thousands of disabled people are shut out of their own kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms because they are not living in disability-friendly homes.

Its latest report, Hidden Housing Crisis, states that many disabled people are forced to wash at their kitchen sinks because they are unable get to their bathrooms or use their own bedrooms.

The charity has called on housebuilders and political parties to commit to making more properties with better access for disabled people.

Clare Pelham, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “It is truly shocking that in 2014 disabled people are living in conditions reminiscent of the Victorian era.

“A strip wash at a kitchen sink is something that belongs in a period drama, not Britain today.

“This is a hidden housing crisis which we must tackle head on. Our report shows that instead of home being the haven it should be, many thousands of disabled people are shut out of their own kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

“We must make sure that the next generation of homes are built with the future in mind.

“For a very small investment today, we can make sure that the homes of tomorrow give disabled and older people freedom and comfort rather than despair.”

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “It’s clear we need to get Britain building to deliver the homes communities want and that meet a variety of different needs.

“Since 2010 445,000 new homes have been delivered, including nearly 200,000 affordable homes, and the rules have been changed so that, where there is a local need, councils can set much clearer standards for accessible and wheelchair-adaptable new homes.

“But people must also have the choice to continue to live independently in their own homes if they want to, which is why we’ve made more than a £1 billion available through disabled facilities grants for adaptations, and councils should use this funding to meet the needs of local people.”

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