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