Housing for elderly must be improved

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THE broad national Alliance representing England’s major players in housing and care for older people has called on candidates in May’s local elections to help improve the lives of those in later life.

More than eight million people in England are over 65 years old. The latest projections are that there will be more than five million more older people in England in 20 years time. 60 per cent of new household growth by 2033 will be by over 65s and already half of all NHS spending in Britain is on older people. The Housing and Ageing Alliance is asking all political parties and candidates in this May’s elections to sign up to five simple pledges to improve the lives of older people:

1.DELIVER more and better housing options for those in later life

2.COMMIT to great design

3.PROVIDE good advice on housing options and help

4.PROTECT social care budgets

5.APPOINT an Older People’s Champion

The manifesto has been distributed to all political parties standing in the May 2012 local elections. Sue Adams OBE, Chair of the Housing & Ageing Alliance said:

“The housing needs of our rapidly ageing population have never been more important. We are calling on everyone who is standing for election to their local council to recognise and address the critical importance of housing to older people’s quality of life. Homes, communities and housing services should be planned and designed to enable choice, inclusion and independence in later life. Local authorities are pivotal to addressing this key issue.”