The London Assembly's Housing Committee has launched a new investigation into housing options for older Londoners.
London’s older population is increasing at twice the rate of the capital as a whole. Projections indicate that there may be a need for suitable specialist housing for 195,000 older people by 2041 – this translates into an additional 80,000 specialist housing spaces. Currently there are around 60,000 specialist housing units for older people in London.
Specialist housing has a number of advantages for older people: it can lead to personal savings through lower running costs, provide a safer and healthier environment, offer tailored onsite care and support and can contribute to a more efficient use of London’s housing stock.
The Mayor set up a £60 million programme – Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund – for specialised housing for London’s older people and disabled adults. He accepted that “the country needs more well-designed specialised housing for older people and disabled adults. The current level of provision is not keeping pace with our ageing population… limiting the care and support system, as well as the wider housing market.”
Most older people will continue to live in their own homes but it is estimated that 10–15 per cent of Londoners would like to move into housing that is designed, built and managed for older people.
The Housing Committee questioned guests - including Royal Borough of Greenwich, McCarthy and Stone and Greater London Authority (GLA) - on its meeting on retirement housing on 10 July 2013.
The Committee examined a new form of retirement housing on a visit to Darwin Court housing scheme on 4 June 2013. A short video featuring Chair of the Committee, Darren Johnson, sets out the scope of the houing investigation.
Further information is also available in the scoping paper attached below.Is the supply and type of specialist housing for older people in London meeting current demand and future needs?
- What are the challenges involved in ensuring the supply of specialist housing for older people will meet future needs and offer an attractive housing option?
- How have the Mayor and Boroughs performed in helping to plan, fund and deliver appropriate housing options?
or ask for more information, please contact the Housing Committee Assembly by email or post. Further information is available in the attached scoping paper below.
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