This blog was contributed by Paul Gamble, Chief Executive of Habinteg Housing Association.
Effective housing policies will make or break the UK’s ability to meet the challenges posed by our ageing population. Building homes that remain accessible for all stages of a person’s life and can be adapted easily, taking into account diverse and changing need, just makes sense.
Habinteg and Age UK have both contributed to the Government’s review of housing standards consultation and made the case for national standards that increase the supply of accessible homes. The new three tiered approach recommended by the Government needs to prioritise access issues. Without this local and national commitment, the homes of the future will simply not provide for the needs of the increasing number of older and disabled people in the UK.
Photo: Ell Brown (Creative Commons)
An ageing population
The projections could not be clearer. By 2030, one in three people in the UK will be aged over 55 with the number of disabled people estimated to rise to 4.6million by 2041.
People want to age in their own homes as independently as possible, for as long as they are able. Continue reading
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Moving to a park home can be a dream retirement for many people – an affordable way of downsizing to a friendly and attractive location. It’s estimated that around 160,000 people live in park homes in England.
But it can also have challenges, and one of these is keeping warm in the winter. Age UK has been contacted by a number of older residents of park homes in connection with our warm homes campaign.
I just want to mention the millions of forgotten elderly throughout the country who live in Park Homes where cavity wall and loft insulation do not apply. No one considers them!
I live in a Park Home and we, as a group of older people, have even greater problems… My winter bills are in excess for £140 per month. We would just like some help to make our homes more energy efficient. Continue reading
Posted in Campaigning, Energy, Energy Bill Revolution, Housing, Spread the Warmth campaign
Tagged #EnergyBillRev, #energybills, #spreadthewarmth, Age UK, Age UK blog, countryside, Department for Energy and Climate Change, fuel poverty, Green Deal, Health & wellbeing, older people, park homes, retirement, rural, Spread the Warmth campaign, winter