Housing for older people web forum

The Communities and Local Government Committee is holding an inquiry on housing for older people. The Committee has set up this web forum to hear directly from older people about their experiences of moving home in later life. This will help us understand the challenges people face and help us to focus our inquiry on the key issues.

Submit your views

If you, or a family member, have recently moved home, are considering doing so, or have decided not to, we want to hear from you.

The web forum will be open until Monday 27 November 2017.

If you would like to submit a comment but do not want it to be made public in this forum, please start your post with NOT FOR PUBLICATION.

Specifically, we are interested in your answers to any of following questions that apply to you:

  • Have you moved home recently or are you considering doing so? If so, why?
  • Have you considered moving and then decided against it? What were the reasons for this?
  • Do you know where to obtain information and advice about moving? Have you ever sought this type of advice?
  • What are your experiences of obtaining finance to move?
  • Have you experience of adapting your home to make it more accessible? How did you go about this and did you seek advice in doing so?
  • How do you feel your home affects your health and wellbeing? Have you experienced an improvement in your health and wellbeing as a result of moving?

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Housing for older people


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3 Responses to Housing for older people

john lowe says:
November 17, 2017 at 11:28 AM
I am 57 & am living in private accommodation,i have health &mobility issues. my landlord informed me last year he wanted to sell so I approached my council (Redbridge)& applied for social housing as my mobility & health will only get better. I wish to stay in the area I live, close to my doctors who I have been with for 47 years & friends. there are no vacancies at present & I am on a very long list. the council informed me I would be sent to a hostel in Hounslow but I couldn't take my cats, which without them I truly believe I wouldn't be here. my landlord changed his mind on selling giving me an extra year which lapses in july 2018.this issue is a serious one for me & hope some good will come of this.
Laurel Ellis says:
November 14, 2017 at 11:38 PM
I purchased my property as a shared ownership and my mortgage will end when I am75. As I was a single parent I was supporting three adolescents and two of them still need mysupport as they have disabilities. My work did not give me a pension so I am now on Pension Credit. The government have announced that support for motgage interest will stop in April next year, and it will be made into a loan, a second charge put on my property and the equity used to pay back the loan with compond interest charged on top of mortgage interest. My plan for my home was to sell and use the equity to finance a move to a smaller place. Now with my equity gone I will be homeless so I am very worried. This affects me strongly as I have invested a lot in my home as my only asset. This will affect 62000 pensioners on Pension Credit.
vivienne harris says:
November 13, 2017 at 10:17 AM
I feel it is a shame that bungalows are no longer built. All new developments are either flats or houses and the older generation are not catered for. Also, because of planning law, roof spaces can be used without pp to extend and many bungalows are now 'houses' because of this. A true mix of property on large developments and some different planning regulations for bungalows could certainly help with the needs of the older generation