Published: 23rd Feb 2021

Too many older Londoners are unable to access the housing they need to live independently for longer, according to a new report. The report by think tank Centre for London calls for a stronger and more coordinated approach to building homes that suit London’s diverse population of older residents. It says that London is developing less than half of the new specialist homes needed overall, as land costs make other forms of housing more attractive to developers. Inner London boroughs are only building 25% of the homes required each year to reach London-wide targets. Outer London is doing better, but homes are not evenly distributed between boroughs. In some local authorities, the number of new homes is actually negative, as existing older people’s housing is converted to other uses. The report argues that this gap between what older people need and what is actually available is likely to continue to grow: … (To read the full article, subscribe below)