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Disabled Kiwis cold at home: Statistics NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/03/2017

© Getty Images Almost 40 per cent of disabled people living in rental homes are finding it difficult to stay warm due to poor heating systems, Statistics New Zealand says.

This compared to 27 per cent of non-disabled people in rental homes.

"A cold, damp house is more common for disabled people than non-disabled," wellbeing and housing statistics manager Litia Tapu said.

Released this week, the 2013 Disability Survey aims to examine housing situations for New Zealand's disabled population.

It found disabled people were on average older than non-disabled people and more likely to live in rental homes and single or couple-only households.

Disabled children were also more likely than non-disabled children to live in a home that was too small for their needs.

Other findings included 18 per cent of disabled people reporting their home was damp compared to 13 per cent of non-disabled people, while disabled people were also more likely to have other problems with their homes.

Of those with a physical or vision impairment, 17 per cent had already modified their home to improve accessibility using structures, such as ramps and handrails, while 32 per cent wanted to make modifications.

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