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Older people's homes plan welcomed

Older people's homes plan welcomed
25th February 2008

The government's strategy for ensuring that housing meet the needs of an ageing population has been welcomed by one industry group.

Under the proposals, homes may be required to be easily adapted in response to the changing circumstances people find themselves in.

The National Housing Federation (NHF) said that it is "essential" that housing meets the changing needs of society, however, it is unlikely that new homes built by private developers will meet these requirements for a number of years.

David Orr, chief executive of the NHF, said: "We are particularly delighted to see recognition of the importance of housing in preventing people needing to use more expensive services which can undermine their independence."

However, being able to deliver "meaningful housing options" for older people will need to be "backed by the resources for re-modelling as well as for new provision", he added.

The NHF is committed to working with the government to develop this new strategy, Mr Orr stated, noting that it is a "very important step" towards offering the kind of housing needed in the future.

Representing 1,300 housing associations in England, the NHF aims to campaign for better housing.

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