Independent living – Welsh Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

Changes to the legal and policy framework are welcome in the areas of transport, housing and social care, and an updated action plan on independent living. A commitment to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) into Welsh law is positive. But a lack of data makes it difficult to assess the impact of these changes in removing barriers to disabled people’s full participation in society. The available evidence shows that disabled people in Wales continue to face barriers to the right to live independently, such as a shortage of accessible homes, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made these problems worse.

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