APPG Inquiry: Regeneration of Outdated Sheltered Housing

APPG Housing and Care for Older People

The latest APPG on Housing and Care for Older People Inquiry is on regenerating outdated sheltered housing and was launched by Inquiry Chair, Lord Best, at the APPG’s annual general meeting on 25 April 2023.

While the focus of the government’s recently announced Older People’s Housing Task Force is primarily on the supply of new, purpose-built retirement housing for an ageing population, this new Inquiry will look at how best to regenerate our existing supply of outdated sheltered housing – from modernisation and extensions to repurposing and replacing older stock and service models – for our 21st century expectations.

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Terms of Reference

Inquiry Objectives

To explore the problems and opportunities arising from the age, condition and locality of ‘sheltered’ housing, i.e. accommodation built exclusively for older people, mostly by local authorities and housing associations from the 1960s to the 1990s.

To bring forward recommendations accordingly for the Government, local authorities, registered providers of social housing and private sector retirement housing operators.

Modus Operandi

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has establish an Inquiry Panel to take evidence – both written and in-person – on three aspects of regeneration of outdated housing for older people:

  1. Upgrading the service model: technology, housing management, customer experience.
  2. Upgrade, modernisation, and extension of outdated sheltered housing.
  3. Demolition, replacement, and repurposing outdated sheltered housing.

The Inquiry panel will meet approximately every three months over a period of a year, inviting interested parties to present evidence and discuss the issues raised, with site visits to a sample of sheltered housing schemes to be undertaken during the inquiry period.

Inquiry Membership

The Inquiry Panel comprises:


  • Lord Richard Best (Chair)
  • Peter Aldous MP (co-chair)
  • Baroness Kay Andrews
  • Baroness Liz Barker
  • Ruth Cadbury MP
  • Lord Ben Stoneham
  • Lord George Young of Cookham


  • Jonathan Jamison, Assistant Director, Adult Social Care, Newcastle City Council
  • Neil Revely, Chair Housing Policy Network/Adviser, ADASS/LGA
  • Hugh Owen, Director of Strategy and Public Affairs, Riverside
  • Kathryn Fox-Rogers, Chief Operating Officer, Johnnie Johnson Housing
  • Paul Teverson, Director of Communications, McCarthy Stone
  • Abdul Ravat, Head of Development & Relationships, Abbeyfield
  • Paul Tennant, CEO, Abbeyfield
  • David McMahon, Director, Ryder Architecture
  • Mick Rose, Resident, Housing 21
  • Samantha Rowland, Head of Health Care and Senior Living, BNP Paribas
  • Jeremy Porteus, Chief Exec, Housing LIN

Inquiry Secretariat

Jeremy Porteus, CEO of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) and Lois Beech, Consultancy and Partnerships Manager at the Housing LIN are acting as Secretariat for the Inquiry.


This APPG is grateful to Abbeyfield (opens new window) for their sponsorship of this Inquiry.


  • First Inquiry Session - 20th June 2023
    Topic: Inception Meeting
  • Second Inquiry Session - 5th September 2023
    Topic: upgrading the service model: technology, housing management, customer experience.
  • Third Inquiry Session - 14th November 2023
    Topic: demolition, replacement and repurposing of outdated sheltered housing
  • Fourth Inquiry Session - 10th January 2024
    Topic: upgrade, modernisation and extension of outdated sheltered housing
  • Fifth Inquiry Session - 6th March 2024
    Topic: conclusions and recommendations

Preliminary findings

The preliminary findings and recommendations were presented at a meeting on Wednesday 6 March 2024 at the House of Lords, a recording of which is available below, and input from those who attended the event will help the Inquiry shape its final report, which is due to be launched in early June.

Further details of this meeting and slides from the presentation are available here.


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