The Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation closes on 21 August 2022*. It’s important that disabled, Deaf and older residents have their voices heard. You can respond to the consultation via the Home Office survey or just email your views to FireSafetyUnitconsultations@homeoffice.gov.uk. We understand the documents are long, complicated and potentially upsetting to read, so we’veContinue reading “Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing consultation: a handy summary“
We have heard several reports of waking watch (fire wardens) being put in place or retained for the supposed benefit of specific disabled residents’ or to guard against perceived leaseholder liability. This is troubling on many counts. The Government’s third, and most recent, consultation on disabled people and fire safety emphasises a degree of unreasonablenessContinue reading “Inappropriateness of using Waking Watch for evacuation plans”
We are horrified and deeply dismayed by Lord Greenhalgh’s announcement that the Government does not agree that disabled people should have a right to a personal emergency evacuation plan. This follows a 9-month wait since the Government’s second consultation on the matter. It now proposes to launch a third one. It is unconscionable that theContinue reading “Shameful Government u-turn on evacuation plans for disabled people”
Everyone must have the right to evacuate a building if their life is in danger. But insisting on waking watch provision is not the answer…
There are two key problems with this view: 1) ignorance about accessible housing stock, and 2) failing to respect the right to choose where we live and why.
There is a whole range of reasons why a person may not be able to self-evacuate. Mobility is just one.
This is a classic example of institutions and non-disabled experts putting words in our mouths in order to make their advice and policies more palatable…
Before we get into this one, we need to have an honest conversation about ableism.