We want all new homes to be built to be suitable for people’s changing needs across the life course.
Through our work with stakeholders and partners we’re campaigning for all new homes to meet basic accessibility standards.
As the number of people aged 50 and over increases, so too does the proportion of the population with disability, accessibility and mobility requirements. One in five people aged 65-69 have difficulty with five or more daily activities like washing, dressing or eating.
For housing to serve the growing number of people in later life, it needs to be accessible. It also needs to support good physical and mental health, and help us to stay connected.
Building new homes to a decent standard and future-proofing housing stock means that more of us will be able to remain independent, safe and well in our homes for longer.
Our HoME (Housing Made for Everyone) campaigning coalition is calling for the government to set a higher regulatory baseline for accessibility of all new homes. This will provide a level policy playing field across the country and the certainty that developers want, enabling them to build homes that meet the future needs of our ageing population.
Tuesday 8 September 2020 saw the launch of the long-awaited consultation on raising accessibility and adaptability standards for new homes – a critical opportunity to kick start a new age of better homes that will benefit us all. If you would like to find out about becoming a supporter of the HoME coalition or how you can keep in touch about our work then you can contact us.