Residents with disabilities targeted in homes survey

Households with one or more members with disabilities are being urged to help the Council to shape how houses are built in the future. It's hoped that a major survey being carried out by authorities throughout the East Midlands will help councils to build a picture of the needs of residents in years to come.

Opinion pollsters, Ecorys have been commissioned to carry out the survey. They're targeting people with physical, mobility or visual disabilities. The aim of the survey, which can be done over the phone or online, is to try to understand what sort of homes are needed for people with disabilities in order to make sure that they are suitable for them to live in or, to adapt properties to help residents to stay in their own homes.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and everyone who takes part will remain anonymous - names and contact details will only be used again if the respondent is willing to attend a focus group.

Councillor Norman Bull, Cabinet Member for Decent and Affordable Placed to Live said: " Amber Valley Borough Council has invested over £1m since April 2010 to fund  adaptations for residents with disabilities .  This survey will give us greater understanding of the requirements of residents so we can make sure there needs are catered for in future housing provision"

The telephone surveys will take place during July and August 2011.

The online survey is now available for completion until end of August 2011, and can be found on www.ecoryssurveys.com/disabledhousingneeds

If you wish to complete the survey by telephone please contact Ecorys on 01782 753230.

If you want to speak to someone from your own Council about the survey or the Project in general, please contact Dave Arkle, Housing Manager on 01773 841334.

 

Notes to editors

According to Amber Valley Borough Council's most recent stock condition survey, there is an estimated 8700 (almost 20%) households in Amber Valley with at least one member living with physical, visual or mobility disability.

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