London’s older residents are a valuable part of our city’s thriving communities and growing local economies. But London’s housing does not currently meet older people’s needs and wants. We hosted a webinar to launch our latest report.
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About the event
There is not enough specialist housing for sale and rent across London. A lack of funding and flexibility make it hard to adapt existing housing stock for older residents. On top of this, where there are homes available, it’s usually not communicated effectively to those looking for it.
With the number of older people in London expected to rise by 29 per cent in the next 10 years, we need a stronger and more coordinated approach to providing housing which meets their needs and aspirations and supports them as active citizens.
This launch event discussed our report which makes the case for a stronger and more coordinated approach to providing homes that work for London’s older residents.
We explored questions including:
- How can we better coordinate both communicating about and providing good quality housing for older people in London?
- How has the coronavirus crisis highlighted issues with the lack of housing for older residents? And is there an opportunity as we come out of the pandemic?
- What would better housing for older Londoners look like and how can the Mayor, central government and housing providers make this a reality?
- Chair: Claire Harding, Research Director, Centre for London
- Introduction: Jason Leek, Chief Executive Officer, Riverstone
- Nikita Quarshie, Researcher, Centre for London
- Phil Tait, Head of Development – Canada Water, British Land
- Joanne Drew, Housing and Regeneration Director, Enfield Council
- Abi Wood, Chief Executive, Age UK London