Channel 4 News: Councils have no evacuation plans for disabled people

Channel 4 News reported today on the stories of two disabled people, Georgie and Joe, who are being refused evacuation plans in the event of a fire. This is despite the fact that over 40% of those that lost their lives in Grenfell Tower were disabled.

In a Freedom of Information Act request, the report reveals that despite over 3500 disabled people living above ground floor, not a single one has been granted an evacuation plan by Bristol, Tamworth and Lewisham Councils.

Map of the UK highlighting three Councils - Tamworth, Bristol and Lewisham. Numbers of disabled people living above ground floor are 194, 3215 and 166 respectively. All have zero with an evacuation plan.

Credit: Channel 4 News
Channel 4 News graphic showing number of disabled people in three Councils without PEEPs

Thank you to Joe, Liz and Georgie for sharing your stories.

Home Office workshops: PEEPs Consultation

The Government is repeating a consultation on PEEPs for disabled people living in high rise buildings following a legal challenge by the family of a disabled woman who died in Grenfell Tower.

The consultation is currently open to responses but, in the meantime, the Home Office is hosting a series of workshops on the proposals. It is vital that those who are unable to self-evacuate attend these workshops and share our experiences and fears. They are being held on Microsoft Teams.

Workshop 1: 15 June, 2:30 to 4:30

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Workshop 2: 24 June, 10am – 12:00

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Workshop 3: 30 June, 2:30 – 4:30

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Workshop 4: 8 July, 10am to 12:00

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If you would like to learn more about our views on the consultation proposals, please contact us.