Matching Up

Matching Up is a pilot study which sought to design and test a research method for evaluating the effectiveness of lettings procedures for adapted housing.

The research adopted the social model of disability as a framework to examine how people with impairments are disabled by social structures and physical environments, applying this model to the social rented housing application and lettings processes.

A review of evidence indicated a continuing lack of supply of appropriate accessible and adapted housing to meet the needs of disabled people, including needs associated with aging of the population.

Disabled people may also require support to get by in housing which otherwise meets their needs, and the research was framed in the context of recent policy and legislation including:

  • The Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013
  • The Public Bodies (Joint Working ) (Scotland) Act 2014
  • The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (and related guidance on social housing
    lettings practice).

A review of available evidence found very little research on the specific topic of lettings practice for adapted and accessible social rented housing or on the involvement of disabled people in researching the topic. Evidence did indicate, however, that disabled people remained disempowered in the housing system and faced a shortage of fully accessible properties across tenures and a lack of choice in relation to location of their homes.