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2m older people in sub-standard housing

13th July 2006

A report has warned that there are two million older people living in sub-standard housing.

The British Gas Help the Aged Partnership has produced a report that reveals many cannot carry out essential repairs and have no central heating.

One in three older people inhabit properties that do not meet the Decent Homes Standard, the partnership concludes, and 22 per cent are in accommodation with no central heating.

"It is well known that living in poor housing can affect people's health and well-being, so it is essential that more is done to help older people," said Joe Oldman, policy officer at Help the Aged.

The report also found that much social housing for older people has improved and that the greatest problems were found in the private sector, where people were attempting to maintain their own property without assistance.