LORDS

Lords Select Committee questioned experts on housing for older people

30 October 2012

The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change heard evidence from experts about housing services for the elderly. The Committee questioned the National Housing Federation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a Welsh housing charity and a private sector developer in order to find out about how to meet the housing needs of an ageing population.

The Committee asked witnesses about:

  • Barriers to increasing the supply of specialist housing, including the willingness of the private sector to build retirement housing.
  • How the state could encourage and support older people to continue to live in their own homes, including the part played by housing modifications.
  • The role that equity release schemes could play in funding care for older home owners.

The evidence session started at 9.45am on Tuesday 30 October in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords.

The full details of witnesses giving evidence are:

  • Gary Day – Executive Director for Land & Planning, McCarthy & Stone
  • Jake Eliot – Policy Leader for care and support, National Housing Federation
  • Dr Ilona Haslewood – Programme Manager in the Ageing Society Team, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Chris Jones – Director, Care and Repair Cymru

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