Responding to Age UK’s report on ‘Housing in Later Life’, a Local Government Association spokesman said:
“Looking after older people is one of the most important jobs councils do and we are committed to ensuring our elderly residents have access to the right housing when they need it most.
“Supporting an ageing population requires joint work from councils, the health service, housing associations and a range of other partners. Councils understand the housing needs of their communities and use the planning process to try and meet these needs. Many are already working effectively with housing providers to attract and support the investment needed so that older people can access the range of housing that they need.
“Local authorities already work on plans which put in place standards to support accessible and adaptable homes such as the lifetime homes standard and are keen to do more. That is why we are calling for government to remove the Housing Revenue Borrowing cap which is hampering the ability of councils to finance new homes. This alone would allow councils to build 80,000 homes over five years.
“More flexibility and investment from government is needed to ensure that older people who want to remain living independently are enabled to do so. Alongside investment in new builds, councils are also working to make the best use of existing stock by providing the right support and adaptations to enable people to live in their homes longer supported by a range of care and support options that satisfy people’s individual needs.”