Thursday, 24 April 2014

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.

Readers' comments (5)

  • In Bath we have problems with housing. This housing of course contains the problems with levels of housing suitable for the older person. Not all older people will need more extremes of care.

    There is a need to supply help when needed, either in the form of cleaning and gardening, that is another one I have seen. Responsibility is the key factor, who is responsible? I think that is the question to ask.

    One answer is within the general needs section, can some of these be used for this criteria.

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  • With an ageing demographic - and limited resource to support the elderly in their own homes - it begs the question as to whether the greater efficiencies involved in residential care might suggest more care homes.

    At present many needing care in their homes at any age are reliant on the goodwill of care workers on circa £7 an hour - who are spending half their time travelling from one client to the next - often in rush hour traffic. Whilst this is an area which will always offer long term employment opportunity - it sadly suffers very high staff turnover due to the stresses of the work/travel allied to low pay.

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  • @Realist I understand what you are saying, but if things were run properly and efficiently it would be better. Also, the way the more older person is regarded, put them altogether in one large group. If the Government is to help those with disabilities they will be of different ages.

    The restrictions placed on those in housing for the over 50's is dated, surely it makes sense to have housing that is suitable for older people and disabled people. Not everyone will require the care.

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  • Yes not all disabled people are old, plus you cannot do one adaption fits all, as this is not the case, you would have to taylor their homes for each individual. Not only that, people who do have 3 bed houses for example. When you think about it, a person who has lived in that home for years, brought there families up there and suffering the loss of their husband, and it's still the family home. Would you want to move say after 20yrs of being in that home where all your memories are. Imagine being forced out of that home! Would you like it? They should be building more disabled property but also there's a shortage of 1 and 2 bed properties within the social housing/council sector. Say for grown up children having to live with parents because they cannot afford to rent in the private sector, this is wrong and there should be more properties available to them. Forget building homes to buy, there are 1000's upon 1000's of empty properties to buy. build more low rented accomodation is what is needed. especially if someone is on minimum wage for instance.

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  • Although I own my property I have always thought that if someone rents a property for 40 (or more) years they should have some rights to continue to live in it. Also if your elderly or disabled your social support is invested in the area - moving someone to a distant area for smaller ( and usually more expensive!) accommodation is short sighted to say the least. Being nearer to social support is often something that our dear government don't get - especially one which places such emphasis on the "Big Society" - its cost effective, folks!!

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