A leading group of MPs has called for a national strategy on older people’s housing and more ‘age proof’ homes to be built. A report published last week by the communities and local government parliamentary committee says the new strategy must recognise the link between housing and health, and be linked to the government’s upcoming social care green paper. It also calls for the First Stop Advice Service currently led by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel to be expanded to help older people find information on trusted traders, energy efficiency and moving home. ‘There is a well-evidenced link between housing and health and wellbeing, and the consequent costs of treatment by the health service,’ the report states. ‘We recommend that prevention, early intervention and promotion of health and wellbeing through housing should be a priority for the national advice service.’ The report also calls for the National Planning Policy Framework to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart