Adapting to the Challenges of an Ageing Population for Social Housing

Drawing on research by Heriot-Watt University, commissioned by the DCLG, Housing LIN Viewpoint no 57 makes that case for improving access to information on local accessible and adaptable accommodation to enhance the housing choices of older and disabled people.

With the scarcity of accessible and adaptable housing and increasing pressures on capital budgets for aids and adaptation, it suggests that having a local Accessible Housing Register in place not only improves the allocation of suitable housing to those who need it but also can ensure more efficient use of stock by reducing the cost of adaptations in the first year after a move.