With the realisation that a great deal of housing wealth is owned by people over the age of 55, down-sizing has become a genuine option for people. The recent DCLG Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People also considered the issue and suggested that while there was little evidence to suggest downsizing could provide a significant contribution to solving the current housing shortage, a range of measures to help older people overcome the barriers to moving home should be implemented.

This paper encourages Home Improvement Agencies and local housing and care services to consider the challenges and opportunities provided by an ageing population largely satisfied with their own home and community.

Publisher: Foundations
Published Date: 2019
Length: 12pp