Labour promises to improve housing for elderly
The Labour Party has pledged to help housing providers deliver more homes for older people as it looks to launch its latest housing policy.
Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey and shadow care minister Liz Kendall will hold a summit today (Monday) to discuss how Labour can campaign for older people’s housing needs.
They will examine what greater freedoms are needed to allow specialist housing providers to deliver new schemes in greater numbers, what can be done to increase housing options, and how health and social care organisations can work with housing providers to help.
Mr Dromey said: ‘Labour wants to help older people and those in need of care to stay in their own homes as long as possible. Labour wants to support those who wish to downsize. And Labour wants to ensure that, if people need to go into residential accommodation, it is of a quality that one would expect for our mums and dads and that the nation can be proud of.’
The number of people aged 65 and over in the UK is set to grow from 10 million in 2008 to nearly 17 million in 2033.
Ms Kendall said: ‘Meeting the care needs of our ageing population is one of the biggest challenges we face as society, and housing has a critical role to play in achieving this goal. Finding ways of joining health, social care and housing support services will be at the heart of Labour’s policy review.’
The government is currently considering a report from economist Andrew Dilnot that suggested capping the amount individuals pay towards the cost of their care.