The challenge of our ageing population – We want your thoughts!

Housing Management & Maintenance are undertaking some research into the UK’s ageing population, and we would like to gather the industry’s opinions on this important topic.

The UK population is getting older, and our ageing housing stock – the oldest in Europe – isn’t ready to meet their demands.

According to the ONS, ¼ people in England will be 65 or over in 2041, and the 85+ population is set to double to 3.2m in the same timeframe. Despite this, the number of people aged 75 or older living in inadequate accommodation has reportedly increased by a third between 2012 and 2017.

Suitable housing is vital for the health and safety of these older residents, with The King’s Fund (2020) reporting that every £1 spent on home improvements to reduce falls leads to £7.50 of savings for the NHS. Retrofit will be a huge focus here for the UK in the coming years, with more than 80% of the homes that will be needed by 2050 already existing today.

In light of this, Housing, Management & Maintenance is conducting this research to understand housing professionals’ views of our ageing population, the suitability of their current housing stock, and what they believe to be the most important aspects of housing for older residents.

The results of this survey will help us to write a report, which you will be able to read in our upcoming issue of Housing Management & Maintenance and in an online white paper on our website.

As a thank you for completing the survey, you will also have the opportunity to enter our prize draw to win a £250 Amazon voucher!

To start the survey please click here.