New report reveals more people ageing in poor housing

//New report reveals more people ageing in poor housing

Care and Repair England and the Centre for Ageing better have produced a new report on housing in England.

A new report by the Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair England, Home and Dry: The need for decent homes in later life found that over 4.3 million homes in England are non-decent and almost half (2 million) are lived in by someone over the age of 55.

Most of the housing in poor condition is lived in by home owners, with 78% of non-decent homes headed by someone over 55 years being owner-occupied.

The number of low income older home-owners is increasing, and many are facing financial and/or practical barriers to repairing and maintaining their homes.

Improvement of the English housing stock has at best stalled and for some groups, particularly the oldest people, there are signs that conditions are worsening.

  • The number of households over 75yrs living in a non-decent home has increased by 31% in the past 5 years

The Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair England are calling for urgent government action to address poor housing.

This would improve occupants’ physical and mental health, contribute to NHS prevention plans, and help to reduce the widening gaps in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy.

*The report uses specially commissioned new analysis of English Housing Survey data undertaken by the Building Research Establishment 

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2020-03-16T11:48:14+00:00 9th March 2020|0 Comments

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Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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