Supported Housing: Older People

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 14th January 2022.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department plans to take to support the expansion in supported housing for older people, including integrated retirement communities, as set out in the Adult Social Care Reform White Paper.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

This Government is committed to further improving the diversity of housing options available to older people. We believe that offering older people a better choice of accommodation to suit their changing needs can help them to live independently and feel more connected to their communities.

Boosting the supply of a range of specialist housing for older people, including housing with care, will be key to achieving this aim. We already work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to provide capital funding to incentivise their supply. This includes our new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme, which includes delivery of new supported housing for older, disabled and other vulnerable people.

Furthermore, as set out in the Department of Health and Social Care’s recent white paper, People at the Heart of Care , a new £300 million investment will embed the strategic commitment to connect housing with health and care in all local places and drive the stock of new supported housing

We will continue to work closely with colleagues across government and with a range of stakeholders to look at how we can further support the growth of a thriving older people’s housing sector.

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