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  • Housing LIN Submission on the consultation on the future funding of supported housingThe Housing LIN's response on the consultation on the future funding of supported housing which closed on Monday 13th February 2017. Thanks to our regional leads and everyone who supplied comments, including those who took part in the two Housing LIN roundtable events we held with the National Care Forum.
  • Housing in later life in Wales: Building the climate for changeWritten by Jeremy Porteus, director and founder of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network With spring - and St David's Day - only a fortnight away, it would be nice to think that a key report published yesterday could kick-start a cultural transformation in housing for older people in Wales. As a west country resident, I enthusiastically crossed the River Severn regularly during 2016 in my role as a member of the Welsh Government's expert group on housing an ageing population in Wales.
  • Prioritising our ageing population in the planning systemWritten by Gary Day, Land and Planning Director at McCarthy & Stone The planning system in Wales has considerable untapped potential to increase the supply of housing that is suitable for an ageing population. Currently planning policy and guidance focuses on securing an overall mix of housing types to meet a whole range of housing requirements, but does not require any specific priority be given to delivering housing that is suitable for older people.
  • A Housing AGEnda: Meeting the aspirations of older people in WalesThis report by the Welsh Government's Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population is the result of a year-long examination of the issues and sets out a selection of recommendations to inform the Welsh Government's policy approach to housing an ageing population and a series of practical steps which can be taken to ensure that housing becomes a prominent element of the ambition to make Wales a great place in which to grow old. Key priorities identified include:A better understanding of the housing preferences and choices of older people through integrated assessment Different stakeholders need to stimulate the market, creating demand with innovative solutions providing choice for older people Closer integration between housing and health and social care is needed Individuals need to plan for their housing requirements in later life Designers should recognise older people in what they design Planning should prioritise older people Financial incentives are important to stimulate the market and enable creative solutions to be adopted Access to information, support and advice is crucial.
  • Integrated lives: building healthier homes and communitiesWritten by Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Midland Heart. Adapted from an article in Public Finance, December 2016 Personalised support helps people to live independently and keep their tenancies.
  • Does living in a retirement village extend life expectancy? The case of Whiteley VillageThis joint report by the International Longevity Centre - UK and Cass Business School investigates the possible benefits of retirement village life with respect to life expectancy, using Whiteley Village as a case study. The report shows that there is strong statistical evidence that female residents, in particular, receive a substantial boost to their longevity when compared to the wider population - at one point in time reaching close to five years - and concludes that retirement villages (or their equivalents) could help in the Government's aim to reduce mortality inequalities experienced in lower socio-economic groups.
  • Health and social care integrationThis National Audit Office report examines the progress the Department of Health, the Department for Communities and Local Government and NHS England have made towards integrating health and social care services.
  • The baby boomers come of age - and open up a housing marketWritten by Jeremy Porteus, founder and director of the Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network) In 2017, more British people will turn 70 than in any other year in our history. That is partly due to our increasing longevity but equally important is that 1947 saw the start of the baby boom.
  • Urban Heat: Developing the role of community groups in local climate resilienceThis Policy Studies Institute report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Using an action research approach, the project facilitated engagement of voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups in discussions around the impacts and potential responses needed to heatwaves in three London boroughs, considering the growing risks posed by climate change.
  • Quality designs for later life housing: Highs and lows - cottage HAPPInessThis Housing LIN Case Study Report captures the key distinguishing features from the winning and shortlisted entries from the 2016 Housing Design Awards - HAPPI category. It puts the spotlight on a selection of impressive completed developments and those that have yet to get off the drawing board.


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