Failing access to housing, transport and public services

The opportunities for citizens in many countries to participate in urban society are diminishing because access to housing, transport and public services has been reduced for many people. The Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) recently issued a report and advice on the situation in the Netherlands. Ghent University / was one of the parties invited to one of their expert meetings earlier this year. The report is based in part on’s research into transport poverty. The Rli concludes that the increasing differences between citizens in the city are unjustified and will increase further if the policy remains unchanged. In order to guarantee access to the city for everyone, it is necessary to check whether sufficient account is taken of the possibilities and limitations of individual citizens. Politicians, civil servants, entrepreneurs and other organizations involved in shaping the city should pay more attention to this.

Source: / Rli