Habinteg Chief Executive, Sheron Carter joined forces with several sector thought leaders at Homes UK yesterday to discuss what needs to happen to make sure the housing needs of the UKs ageing population are met.
The panel, titled “Housing an ageing population: At crisis point?” explored how we can increase the supply of decent, affordable and accessible housing for an ageing population. They considered the barriers to increasing the supply of affordable and high-quality homes for older people and how can they be overcome.
The panel was chaired by David Orr (Associate Director of Housing at Centre for Ageing Better) and also featured Lord Richard Best OBE (Chairman at the Affordable Housing Commission) and Clare Cameron (Director of PRP Architects).
Sheron outlined some of the findings from our recent Insight Report and emphasised the need for stronger commitment from Local Authorities to build more accessible homes. She also urged developers to improve the way they market homes to highlight accessible design features, which we currently don’t do well enough.
Speaking at the event, Sheron said: “We need to make the homes we build now work harder. Building all new homes to Category 2 standard can create more choice for people as they age – and they can also become part of the solution to address our crisis.”