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Government must increase older people’s housing, say MPs

Words: Huw Morris
Senior citizen on housing estate

The government should stop focusing on young first time buyers and boost the supply of older people’s housing to free up family homes, according to a group of MPs and peers.

Around eight million people over the age of 60 are interested in downsizing their home, said the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People. The group, convened by charity Independent Age and chaired by Conservative MP Peter Aldous, meets several times a year to share information and debate housing and care for the elderly.

The parliamentarians have called on planning authorities to ensure their local plans give a higher priority to older people’s housing needs. Meanwhile, developers should lead the way with high quality designed housing to tackle supply and demand.

The APPG also called on the government to provide “help to buy” assistance to older homebuyers. Ministers should take the lead on securing more support across government to boost the output of house building for older people, they said.

Download the APPG report Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas (HAPPI 3) - Making retirement living a positive choice

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