The Local Government Association (LGA) has recently launched the report, Building our Homes, Communities and Future detailing the preliminary findings and emerging recommendations from its Housing Commission. Click here for article on the LGA website.
The Housing Commission* was tasked with setting out a forward-looking vision for the future of housing and the relationship between councils and communities. There was a call for evidence earlier in the year around four topic headings:
- Place shaping, community and infrastructure
- Employment, welfare reform and social mobility
- Housing, health and quality of life for an ageing population
The headline call in the report is for a “national renaissance” in council housebuilding to solve the chronic housing shortage, and to deliver the mix of different homes that meet the growing and changing needs of communities.
With regard to the health and ageing section, the new report notes that most people as they age live in mainstream housing. It states that housing should be central to emerging models of integrated health and social care services and highlights the key role that councils are already playing in providing information, advice and support with property repair and adaptation.
It also calls for a development of a new market of all-age homes, as well as noting the importance of specialist housing, and of information, advice and help to enable people to plan ahead for their later life housing.
*Neil Revely, ADASS Housing Lead, is one of the expert advisers to the Commission on the housing, ageing & health section.