Findings from our reports


Over the 8 years Local Voices was in action, they listened to local people who shared their worries and concerns, and suggested ways they can get help from each other and the council. People talked about a wide range of topics. But, worryingly, the main feeling was that disabled people in Tower Hamlets think that life’s simply not fair.


Disabled people in our borough are dealing with negative attitudes towards disability, inaccessible information and services and a lack of choice and control over their lives. This is all while cuts in welfare and public services are making it harder for us to get the support we need. People often mentioned the following problems:

  • Negative attitudes towards disabled people
  • Inaccessible, poor information
  • Difficulty influencing decisions and being heard

These themes came up time and time again during the project. Disabled people felt these issues impacted their sense of self, their well-being and their ability to participate in society. They felt these issues mattered regardless of what services or subjects they were discussing.


People also talked about specific services or subjects. They had concerns about:

  • welfare and benefits
  • social care
  • getting out and about
  • crime, anti-social behaviour and safety
  • health and healthcare
  • housing
  • jobs, volunteering and training.


To read more about the challenges local disabled people face and how together the Local Voices network helped to influence some key areas of concern, read our annual reports listed below.


Local Voices Reports 

Since the first year of the Local Voices Project in 2012/13 we have produced the following project reports.

Year 1 – 2013 [Research Year]

Year 2 – 2013-4

Year 3 – 2015

Year 4 – 2016

Year 5 – 2017-18

Year 6 – 2018-19

Year 7 – 2019-20


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