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Communities and Local Government Committee cites Later Life Ambitions evidence and recommends a new national strategy for older people’s housing

Communities and Local Government Committee cites Later Life Ambitions evidence and recommends a new national strategy for older people’s housing

The influential Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published a report on their inquiry into housing and older people. This follows a consultation process earlier in the year which LLA submitted two sets of evidence to.

After submitting a formal response, we continued to maintain close links with the Committee and were asked to run a members’ survey on housing to provide direct evidence to the inquiry. Over 1,500 of our members took part, giving the Committee a real insight into the day-to-day housing issues that older people face.

We were delighted that LLA’s evidence featured strongly throughout the Committee’s final report, which recommends that a national strategy for older people’s housing is needed to bring together and improve policy in this area.

The Committee also agreed with LLA’s suggestion that all new homes should be built to accessible and adaptable standards so that they are ‘age proofed’ and can meet the current and future needs of older people.

Other recommendations supported by the Committee include:

  • Ensuring that national and local planning policy encourages the building of more of all types of housing for older people – extra care, retirement, sheltered and accessible housing across the social and private sectors, with older people involved in the design process.
  • Additional funding for Home Improvement Agencies operating services including a handyperson service for older people.
  • A range of measures to help older people overcome the barriers to moving home including an accreditation for companies which provide tailored services for older people moving home and better customer service and guidance from lenders when applying for a mortgage.
  • The social care green paper should consider the range of housing for older people, and the potential for extra care housing to play a greater role in providing social care

It is extremely positive that the Committee has used LLA’s evidence to such an extent, and we’re delighted with the key message that a national strategy for older people’s housing is needed to bring together and improve policy in this area. This is an important step forward for older people, particularly as Government will now have to formally respond to the Committee’s findings.

We will also campaign to make sure the Social Care Green Paper, which is expected to be published in the summer, includes the important link between health and housing.

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