The Federation has signed up to a coalition of housing and voluntary sector organisations calling for more new accessible homes.
5 November 2019
Co-chaired by the Centre for Ageing Better and Habinteg, Housing Made for Everyone (HoME) is warning of a crisis in the provision of housing suitable for older and disabled people by 2030. The number of households headed by someone over the age of 65 has increased by more than a million since 2010/11. Yet recent Habinteg research showed that less than half of local plans in England included provision for accessible homes.
To address the lack of accessible housing, HoME recommends that:
- Government should set a higher regulatory baseline for accessibility so that all new homes meet the ‘accessible and adaptable’ standard (Building Regulations M4 Category 2).
- Local authorities should positively plan for accessible housing to meet the needs of our ageing population and disabled people, and be properly resourced to do so.
- The housing sector should lead the way in providing high quality homes fit for the future.
The HoME coalition was founded by the Centre for Ageing Better, Habinteg Housing, Age UK, RIBA, Care & Repair England, Disability Rights UK, Housing LIN, the National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the TCPA.