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Housing Survey

Our national survey on housing and household energy

Our national housing survey of people over the age of 55 in Scotland.

This survey is now closed and we are working on a report of the findings.

We launched it in November 2019 and it ran for two months to help us continue building our evidence base on how well older people are living in their homes. It has been well recognised that housing has a profound impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Whether you live in a warm, comfortable house which you can easily move around in or one that is leaky, cold and which you don’t feel fully mobile in, has implications for how well you live and age.

The results will be crucial to our future work on developing housing and energy policy that represents the interests and needs of Scotland’s older people.

In addition to helping Age Scotland with our future work, participants had the chance to win one of five £50 cash prizes for completing the survey.

We expect to complete and publish this report in early March 2020.

Why we asked for your views

Age Scotland works closely with the Scottish Government, politicians, and policy makers to provide data and insight into how older people experience many aspects of their lives. We want this data to be as representative as possible so that we can be accurate in our recommendations and advocacy work.

Our previous national housing survey took place in 2017 and the results have been used to strengthen the Scottish Government’s older people’s housing strategy, improved the recent Planning and Fuel Poverty Bills in the Scottish Parliament, and helped evidence our calls for housing providers to deliver the improvements, adaptations and services older people truly need and want.

Our latest survey of the housing needs of older people in Orkney is already helping local planners with future building.

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