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27/06/2019

Guidance for housing for older and disabled people

Guides councils in preparing planning policies on housing for older and disabled people from Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

The need to provide housing for older people is critical. People are living longer lives and the proportion of older people in the population is increasing. In mid-2016 there were 1.6 million people aged 85 and over; by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million.

Offering older people a better choice of accommodation to suit their changing needs can help them live independently for longer, feel more connected to their communities and help reduce costs to the social care and health systems.

Therefore, an understanding of how the ageing population affects housing needs is something to be considered from the early stages of plan-making through to decision-taking. Read more about Housing for older and disabled people guidance