Published: 3rd Jun 2013

At the end of 2012 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People published its HAPPI2 report. And when it comes to housing and older people it must be regarded as an important benchmark. After all, it carries the authority of a cross-party group of MPs and peers and it draws evidence from 18 senior people from government departments, architects, housing providers and charitable organisations. The thrust of the report is that we’ve come a long way (and we have) from the dark days of the 1970s and 80s when sheltered housing was reported by researchers as ‘the greatest breakthrough in the housing scene since the war’ and the ‘obvious choice for most elderly people’. Having said this, although the housing provided locked us into thinking that small, often bedsit, accommodation was fine for older people; it did at that time represent a vast improvement on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)