Colourful pedestrian crossing letter to ministers
September 20, 2021

Colourful pedestrian crossing letter to ministers

There is a growing trend of installing art on road crossings, often referred to as ‘colourful crossings’. Our membership believes this form of public art poses risks to disabled people, older people and children, and will impact their ability to make safer active travel journeys.
Share of £30m Changing Places toilets fund now open for applications
August 12, 2021

Share of £30m Changing Places toilets fund now open for applications

Councils are being urged to apply for a share of a £30 million fund to install life-enhancing Changing Places toilets in public places and tourist attractions.
Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings
August 10, 2021

Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings

A deaf woman has won a claim against the government after a judge found a lack of sign language at two Covid briefings "served to disempower, to frustrate and to marginalise".
Charities urge action on unsuitable homes as figures show 1M households live in homes that don’t meet their needs
August 9, 2021

Charities urge action on unsuitable homes as figures show 1M households live in homes that don’t meet their needs

The Centre for Ageing Better and Habinteg have urged action from government on accessible housing, as figures show that the number of people living in homes without the adaptations they need is rising and has reached one million. With the government currently deciding whether to update building regulations to include higher standards of accessibility, experts say the figures highlight the need for action. 
Evacuation lifts: an alternative escape route
July 14, 2021

Evacuation lifts: an alternative escape route

Evacuation lifts have the potential to offer a safe route out of a building. Arup’s Eoin O’Loughlin and Harry Wiles, and Matthew Ryan of The Fire Surgery, look at the challenges and opportunities of incorporating them in fire strategies
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans
July 8, 2021

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

Following the Fire Safety Consultation, which ran from 20 July to 12 October 2020, we are seeking views on new proposals to implement the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans in high-rise residential buildings.