Independent Age welcomes the recommendations of a new report from a crossparty group of MPs and peers on the benefits of developing improved housing options for older people.

Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said:

“We are extremely encouraged by the opportunities that the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI 2) report raises to improve older people’s health and wellbeing, reduce costs for social care as well as ease pressure on the current housing market for the younger generation.

We hope that the report will provide the required levers for housing and social care departments to prioritise investment in older people’s housing. In particular, we support the call for formation of a Cabinet Office Task Force to encourage greater policy coordination cross-Whitehall to take this forward at national level.”

Notes to Editors:

1) The APPG inquiry team included nine MPs and peers from the three major parties and crossbench peers. It heard evidence from 17 representatives of government agencies, central government, housing associations, construction companies, charities and a service user.

2) The report was drafted by Jeremy Porteus, secretary to the inquiry and director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.

3) For further information or to request an interview please contact Ben Furner on 01273 463461 or 07946 355795.

4) The report, Housing Our Ageing Population: Plan For Implementation (HAPPI 2), is available at www.housinglin.org.uk/APPGInquiry_HAPPI. It will be formally launched at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People at the House of Lords on November 26.

5) Independent Age provides the secretariat support to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People.

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