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Lifetime tenancies may no longer be available to new social housing tenants

It was revealed at the end of October that the Government plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants in favour of fixed-term contacts. Whilst councils and housing associations have been able to offer five-year fixed-term tenancies since 2012 – the numbers doing so are low. According to official figures* , just 13% […]

‘Last-Time Buyers’ would downsize but they have nowhere to go

Lynda Blackwell, Head of Mortgages at the Financial Conduct Authority, addressed a conference yesterday and said that older people who are mortgage free and living in homes ‘too large for them’ should be encouraged by Ministers to downsize. We agree that if older people could downsize it would free up family homes for people further […]

Why older couples should consider downsizing and then rent instead of buy

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph looked at why older people don’t wish to downsize in their later years. The article highlighted some of the main obstacles, such as a lack of appealing smaller homes, the expense of moving, including stamp duty, and no decent bank savings rates to provide an adequate return from […]

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 […]

Why is housing for older people being ignored in the run up to the election?

There seems to be one big housing issue that all the political parties are ignoring in the run up to the General Election and that’s housing for older people. The main headline manifesto pledges include the Conservative’s extension of Thatcher’s right to buy for 1.3 million families in housing association properties; Nick Clegg’s pledge to […]

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 […]

Housing solutions needed for those at the top of the ladder too

I recently received an email from Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman, promoting the success of the Help to Buy scheme and asking us to place a graphic detailing their achievements thus far on our social media channels. The email communicated that the scheme has already helped 50,000 people into new homes – and over 80% […]

Are bungalows the only option for retirement living?

This week, The Daily Mail reported that the government is attempting to address the retirement housing crisis. New housing minister, Brandon Lewis, called for more bungalows to be built for older people to free up larger homes for families. He says that this would allow couples living in large proprieties to downsize without being forced […]

Housing for older people – yes it does matter

A new ‘viewpoint’ blog by Tony Watts OBE, for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN) entitled “Safe, warm, decent housing for older people – why it matters” has just been published which includes an important six point manifesto on what is needed to improve housing options for older people in the UK. The […]