Housing - United for all Ages

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GENERATIONS TALKING TOGETHER
:
H
OUSING

FOR ALL AGES

Wednesday 23 January 2013, News International


This short note summarises some key points from the ‘Housing for All Ages’

roundtable. We would love further
comments, thoughts and feedback from what was a fantastic event. This spring, Forster Communications and
United for All Ages will publish a
report

and calls to action promoting potential solutions, provoking further
debat
e and suggesting policy changes.


Discussion points



There is a

housing crisis and not nearly

enough affordable homes are being built
.



The British (of all ages) are still obsessed by

and aspire to

home ownership
.



Young people are priced out of the housing

market
, both as renters and buyers
.



Older people can free up housing

but need new options and advice

on best way to do so
.



Plann
ing and politics are driven and stymied by short termism
.



We must offer people flexibility, security and mobility

in their home options
.



Issues vary according to location (urban/rural) and region (S
outh
E
ast

vs
.

elsewhere)
.



Are attitudes towards home changing as people don’t hoard/own ‘stuff’ in the same way?



Should you be able to

leave your home as an inheritance or

shoul
d you use it to pay for care
?



Knee jerk
NIMBY attitudes towards new housing
&

failings of the planning system

need to be challenged
.



Too much property is in the hands of too few people


many homes and bedrooms currently lie empty
.



Scaling up a range
of initiatives to have significant impact

on what is a massive and growing issue
.



Interdependence is fundamental but undervalued
.


Possible s
olutions



Reform private rented sector for young people and families

to increase security

e
.
g
.

five year tenancies
.



Consider ways of developing lifetime lease forms of property ownership, to remove inheritance hoarding
and allow flexibility in housing to match life changes
.



Instigate a step change in our

house building

programme


250,000 new homes a year for 20 years

t
hrough a planning and investment system that removes the main barriers
.




Tackle the housing benefit
time bomb

and
release resources

for building more homes
.



Reform of the planning system and use land owned by the public sector
.



Compel developers to loosen
hold on current land bank and release for development
.



Enable older people to rent out their family
-
sized homes and move between tenures
.



Give older people new housing options in later life, simplify options and provide advice
.



HAPPI report shows what can
be done and is being done elsewhere in Europe



do not reinvent the wheel,
let’s adapt what is working elsewhere to suit UK
.



Extend housing with care options and widen choice for older people needing care
.



Level playing field for buy to let
e.g.

reduce tax

advantage and encourage longer term tenure for tenants
.



Develop more diverse
options

and
financial packages for people with little equity


e.g.
shared ownership
.




Scale up homeshare schemes that bring generations together and
fulfil need

on both sides
.



Encourage development and increase c
o
-
housing models of generations sharing together including
nanny/granny flats
.



Educate young people about their options


not just home ownership
.



Continue development of a fairer, more secure way of releasing

housing we
alt
h to pay for care
in later life



Create a downsizing service sector
to support older people
to move when circumstances change
.



Compel local
authorities
to include a
strategy for an ageing population
in their local plans
.




Councils should be freed up

to b
uild homes for people of all ages
.



Stimulate much more debate and conversation

at local level involving people of all ages to work out
what’s possible

and solutions to local housing issues
.