Tag Archives: ageing population

Solving the housing dilemma is “complicated” says Kirstie Allsopp

TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, writing in The Times[i], pointed out that everyone is too focused on the young getting on the property ladder when it’s the elderly who need to be helped down it. Ms Allsopp highlighted that many older people are living in inappropriate homes that are too large and cold for them, but […]

New Minister for Loneliness is a Positive Step in Fighting Loneliness

We welcome the Government announcement yesterday[i] that a new minister for loneliness Tracey Crouch MP has been appointed. Tracey Crouch will continue the work started by the late MP Jo Cox to tackle loneliness, an issue which is affecting nine million in the UK, young and old. A report by the Jo Cox from the […]

Renting in retirement can avoid high service charges which are putting people off downsizing

This week a new research report from law firm Winckworth Sherwood and Housing LIN, asserted that housing for older people is being ignored by the government. It also highlighted the lack of choice of housing and the fact many older buyers are confused about the retirement housing options available.   80% of those surveyed claimed that […]

England’s South Coast Most Popular Place to Live for Retirees

Dorset has just topped ‘a best places to retire’ index released by Prudential this week, followed by West Sussex, Hertfordshire, Devon and the Isle of Wight. It’s no real surprise that seaside locations continue to be popular with Britain’s retirees and this also reflects our experience. It’s easy to see why, with the reasons for […]

Budget fails to address the need for more retirement properties

Today’s Budget, the first for a majority Conservative Government since 1996, failed to address the shortfall of retirement housing in the UK and included virtually no policy announcements on the UK’s chronic housing shortage at all. This was disappointing especially given in in recent years much of the Government’s housing policy has focused on getting […]

‘Last Time Buyers’ needs to be prioritised

A report published today by Legal & General[i] called “Last Time Buyer” (LTB) has found there are 5.3 million under-occupied homes in the UK, with 3.3 million last time buyers looking to downsize. According to the report, the LTB market accounts for £820 billion of the housing wealth, set to reach £1.2 billion in 2020. […]

We don’t need to ‘featherbed our pensioners’

In the recent Times article, ‘Can we afford to featherbed our pensioners?, Paul Johnson, Director for the Institute of Fiscal Studies presented just three choices of how Britain will find £12 billion a year to fund pensioners’ benefits. These ‘choices’ were – reducing benefits and services for the old, recognising that demands on the state […]

Can the ‘Help to Move’ scheme stimulate house building demand for retirement homes?

Older people should be given financial support and advice to help them downsize from the government according to new recommendations from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People. The Group proposes a ‘Help to Move’ Scheme that would include a stamp duty exemption for older people buying homes worth […]

Raising awareness of Older People in our society

Each year October 1st is marked by celebrating and raising awareness of older people through UK Older People’s Day (http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk). This day is recognised by all UN nations and coincides with the UN International Day of Older Person’s which first began in 1991. We fully support this day and it offers the perfect opportunity to […]

Our hopes for the budget next week

One in three babies born this year will live to 100 years old so the housing needs of an ageing population must be addressed urgently. We want to highlight that one affordable housing option for older people is renting. If older people were encouraged to rent in retirement, they could sell their homes and invest […]