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Housing must play a central role in the response to the needs of our ageing population. Enabling older people to remain at home is not only the most cost-effective means of delivering care – it is what older people want.
The supply of new houses is not keeping pace with demand. While numbers of very sheltered accommodation have increased, overall the provision and availability of housing for older people with has remained static.
The Scottish Government acknowledge “the overall picture is bleak” and concludes “to maintain the current stock to disabled pensioner ratios a major building or extensive adaptation programme would be required.”
The lack of house building means that new stock must be suitable for residents of all ages. Much of the existing stock is not fit for purpose and significant attention is required if we are to enable older people to remain at home for as long as possible.
Age Scotland comments on Scottish Social Housing Charter proposals
Age Scotland response to Regulation of Social Housing consultation
Age Scotland response to property factors code of conduct consultation
Age Scotland response to Housing Adaptations Consultation (July 2012)
Age Scotland submitted a response to the draft Scottish Government Housing Strategy for older people. The consultation closed at the end of September 2011.
Age Scotland full response
Age Scotland summary response
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The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is the national representative body for Scotland's housing associations and co-operatives.
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