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There is still uncertainty about the future of sheltered housing in the social rented sector. This is important because sheltered schemes offer supportive communal housing to older people on low incomes who cannot afford retirement housing in the private sector The Government is currently reviewing its policy to place a cap on housing benefit payments for supported housing, as well as a cap on rents. This could potentially reduce the income of housing associations and their capacity to offer housing support. The ongoing financial uncertainty is also undermining the development of new sheltered schemes.
Posted in Housing, Money Matters, Public Policy
Tagged Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, older people, Rent reduction in Welfare Reform and Work Bill, sheltered and retirement housing, sheltered housing, sheltered housing Age UK, Supported and sheltered housing, welfare reform
On the fourth day of Cold Homes Week, we hear from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service‘s Station Manager in Central Prevent and Protect, Dez Stoddart, about the work that the Fire and Rescue Service is doing with Age South Staffordshire to tackle the problem of excess winter deaths in the county. Continue reading
Posted in Campaign for warm homes, Campaigning, Energy, General, Health and Wellbeing, Home and Care, Housing, Spread the Warmth campaign
Tagged #energybills, #spreadthewarmth, Cold Homes Week, energy efficiency, fuel poverty, Health & wellbeing, spread the warmth, winter
The Government’s latest statistics reveal that shockingly, 40,800 older people died in England and Wales last winter because of the cold. This is more than double the number of deaths than the previous year and far more than those who die from road fatalities annually.