Independent living – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment


There has been a sustained or severe regression in the enjoyment of human rights, or a significant reduction in human rights standards or protections in law or policy

There are persistent barriers affecting disabled people’s right to live independently as part of the community. The UK Government has introduced proposals to overhaul the funding of adult social care. However, increasing numbers of disabled and older adults are unable to get the support they need at home or within the community. There is a shortage of accessible homes and, despite numerous commitments, rates of detention for people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and autism remain high. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disproportionately affected disabled people and has created additional barriers to disabled people’s equal participation in society. The National Disability Strategy included a range of commitments intended to improve disabled people’s everyday lives, though it is too early to assess the impact of these commitments.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on independent living.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021