People's differences — such as their levels of income, culture, ethnicity, age, and mobility, and whether they have responsibilities for children or other dependants — create different priorities for them. This indicates that a choice of types of accommodation should be available. This chapter analyses existing housing standards and definitions of housing, which allow differing levels of accessibility and liveability. It considers the position of some major players in housing development: The Housing Corporation, Scottish Homes, and local authorities. The continuing problems of access to and within homes, the gradual erosion of space standards over the years, and the adverse effect that this has had on the usability of different dwellings, have contributed to the fourteen criteria developed by the Lifetime Homes Group. This chapter profiles Lifetime Homes criteria and describes the benefits that could be derived from their wider implementation to the general housing stock.
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