Bite-Size Session: National Standards for Housing – an up-to-date review - Manchester

This popular topic from trainer Karen Ross of jhai ltd comes to Manchester this January. This is the first in a series of Manchester Bite Size sessions for 2017, see below for details.
Our population requires that new homes should meet future needs, with ever increasing numbers of older people living with both physical and mental impairments or long term health conditions giving rise to demand for flexible and accessible housing.

The Housing Standards review consultation by DCLG aimed to rationalise the framework of building regulations and local housing standards and considered developing a set of ‘nationally described standards’; or integrating the proposed standards into the building regulations.

The consultation welcomed views on a number of strategic options including:

Developing a nationally described set of standards in addition to the building regulations.
Develop nationally described standards as a stepping stone en route to integrating standards into building regulations at a future date.
Integrate standards immediately into building regulations with no technical standards remaining outside of the building regulations system.
Karen Ross, a qualified and experienced Inclusive Design consultant for jhai ltd, Access Auditor and trainer and a member of the National Register of Access Consultants will explore the outcomes of the consultation and the implemented standards with regard to accessibility.

She will also review the impact of the new standards on the requirements of the population for flexible housing as well as the additional requirements for wheelchair users and whether these needs have been affected by the outcome of the review and new ‘optional’ regulations.

In particular the following topics will be examined:

Will wheelchair housing needs be met if local authorities can ‘opt out’?
How are the new standards being regulated and enforced?
What are the longer term cost benefits of flexible and accessible housing as opposed to the short term costs savings outlined in the review and consultation?
What about the needs of people with cognitive impairments, e.g. dementia? As people are living longer and wanting to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

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