More homes accessible for disabled people are needed for rent and purchase, shows a report carried out by the London School of Economics and Ipsos MORI.
Charity Papworth Trust and housing association Habinteg commissioned the research that found 1.8m disabled people have unmet housing need.
Vicky McDermott, chief executive of Papworth Trust, said the report dispels the myth disabled people do not have the means or money to purchase their own home, with 56% of the 1.8m people being home owners and 39% having incomes in the top half of the income distribution.
“Building more accessible homes is a fundamental part of future-proofing the housing market, with a short-term investment and a long-term positive social impact on other services,” McDermott said.
Paul Gamble, chief executive of Habinteg, said: “This new evidence is extremely important to the growing alliance who wants to see an increasing supply of accessible housing to rent and buy.”
He said providing more homes that are accessible and affordable was essential with an ageing population.
The report Hidden Market for Accessible Homes suggests developers, government and planners do more to address the shortage of accessible homes for disabled people in the UK.
LSE and Ipsos MORI used a variety of sources for their data including the English Housing Survey, phone interviews with 40 people and a face-to-face, in-home survey with 2,074 adults across Britain in March and April.