fonds NDPHS - National Disabled Persons Housing Service Archive

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National Disabled Persons Housing Service Archive


  • [1992-2007] (Creation)

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0.2 cubic metres

10 boxes

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Administrative history

The National Disabled Persons Housing Service Ltd (also known as NDPHS and HoDis) was formed in 1996 to promote housing resources for disabled people in the UK. Funded by its members and by the Housing Corporation, it served as an umbrella organisation representing the interests of a range of agencies and individuals, including many Housing Associations and local Disabled Persons Housing Services. It was based in Priory Street, York.

The NDPHS produced three publications: ‘Needs First: A good practice guide for RSLs to prioritising tenants’ needs for adaptations’ in 2001, ‘Better Ways: A good practice guide for housing providers to lettings policy and practice’ in 2002, and ‘A Perfect Match? A Good Practice Guide to Disability Housing Regulations’ in 2005.

In addition to publishing guidance, it also developed an accreditation scheme for member organisations, ran conferences and training events and contributed to government legislation on disabled housing.

The service closed in 2006 as a result of insufficient funding.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2012.

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Scope and content

Annual reports, 1997-2001; annual reports and accounts, 1997, 1999, 2003-2006; Annual General Meeting papers, 1996, 2003-2005; Management Committee Meeting papers, 2003-2005; finance reports and papers, 2005-2006; papers concerning funding, c.1998-2005; membership papers, 2004-2006; papers concerning employment tribunals, grievances and investigations of misconduct, c.2002-2005; papers concerning NDPHS trademark, 1999-2007; papers concerning NDPHS accreditation scheme, 1996-2004; papers concerning NDPHS contributions to parliamentary legislation on disabled rights, c.1999-2004; publications by NDPHS, including ‘Better Ways. A good practice guide for housing providers to lettings policy and practice’, 2002, and ‘A Perfect Match? A Good Practice Guide to Disability Housing Regulations’ in print and on audio cassette, 2005; papers concerning disabled housing in Bristol, 1997, West Midlands, c.2001-2002, Preston, c.2005-2006, Bedford, 2004-2006, and East Lancashire, n.d; papers concerning DPHS Lothian Ltd, 1996-2002; papers concerning North West Regional Assembly review of demand for disabled facilities grant, c.2006-2007; press cuttings, press releases and media contacts, c.2000-2005; NDPHS newsletter, 1996-2006; papers concerning closure of service, 2006-2007.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Includes 3 audio cassette tapes. Access to audiovisual material may be restricted due to technical requirements, please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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The archive has not yet been catalogued.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 03.04.17.




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