County Council looks to provide more universally accessible homes

Cork County Council is to look at providing more universally accessible homes for people with disabilities and to cope with an increasingly elderly population in the years ahead.

This could see private developers selling housing units to the council having to ensure a certain percentage of them are specifically designed to accommodate such people.

The council’s special purpose committee on housing will discuss drawing up new guidelines to address the issues.

The Irish Examiner reports there are 625 people with various disabilities on the council’s housing waiting list.

The majority have physical disabilities, while others have mental or sensory disabilities.

On average, the council rehouses 100 per year and it has 570 specially adapted units within its stock.

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