Tuesday, 13 October 2015

DoH hands out £122m to build new homes

The government has announced today it is handing out £122 million to build homes across the country to help older and disabled people live independently.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb revealed 86 successful bidders across England would get a share of £92 million through the Homes and Communities Agency to build 2,875 new homes.

London mayor Boris Johnson will be handed almost £30 million for 35 agencies, which will build 669 homes in the capital.

The cash comes from a £300 million pot set up by the Department of Health to boost the supported housing market, which it invited local authorities to bid for last year.

Mr Lamb said: ‘As we know, most people want to be independent in their own homes and as the population ages, more and more of us will need housing that supports us to do that.

‘We have awarded companies funding to build 3,544 homes around the country. These will be tailored to people’s needs and will help them to remain active as long as possible without the need of going into a care home.’

Mr Johnson said: ‘It is essential that we increase the supply of purpose-built, quality homes for older and disabled Londoners if they are to have a real choice in how and where they live.

‘These affordable homes will help hundreds of Londoners remain in their own communities and, with a greater demand for quality and design, raise the benchmark for how this type of specialised housing is delivered in the future.’

The HCA will now begin to work with specialist housing providers to ‘stimulate the wider market and promote innovative housing solutions’ as part of the second phase of the fund.

Andy Rose, chief executive of the HCA, said: ‘Housing plays a crucial role in helping older people and disabled adults to live as independently as possible and with an ageing population and changing demographics, investment in specialised housing is more important than ever.’

The funding announced today is estimated to create more than 1,000 jobs.

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