Poverty, housing and physical disability

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DUNDONIANS only have a few days left to share their experiences of poverty, housing and disability in the city.

The Dundee Fairness Commission, which meets tomorrow (Tuesday October 27), is set to discuss the issues and is keen to hear first hand accounts of how they affect people.

Cllr Jimmy Black convener of the commission said: “Having a safe, warm home is fundamental to a person’s well being but housing costs are also a major element of any household budget.

“While the link between poverty and poor housing is clear and well recognised there is no substitute for hearing first hand accounts to bring home the effect it has on people’s lives.

A series of five questions to help people focus their thoughts and let members of the commission know what has happened to them is posted on Dundee City Council’s website. The survey can be completed anonymously.

As well as gathering knowledge of the housing situation in Dundee it also asks respondents what they would like the Fairness Commission to recommend to improve the affordability of housing in Dundee and what could help people with disabilities get out of poverty.

At its meeting on Tuesday the Fairness Commission will hear from Professor Douglas Robertson of the Wheatley Group, Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group.

Commission member Rev Erik Cramb will also talk about the impact of physical disabilities.

Cllr Black added: “The expert view is that the usual statistics we use probably underestimate the rate of poverty for people with disabilities, but we already know that families with an adult with a disability are twice as likely to have a very low income.

“More than a quarter of the people in those families will be in poverty and changes to the welfare benefits system, particularly the transition from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), will probably contribute to making poverty worse.”

The Fairness Commission, which encourages members of the public to attend its meetings, will take place at the Central Baptist Church, 9a Ward Road on Tuesday 27 October at 6pm.

Anyone who wants to share their experiences of housing, poverty and disability before the end of the month should visit: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/content/poverty-housing-and-disability-survey

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