Open Plan - Building a strategic policy toward older owners

This paper from the Strategic Society Centre, supported by Hanover Housing, explores implications of their research (see next item) and what it means for the different policy agendas around older homeowners: specialist housing and home adaptations; under-occupancy and housing supply; the use of housing wealth to fund retirement; and, housing wealth taxation and fairness. It argues the government should:

  • Increase the supply and take-up of specialist retirement housing - in the right locations
  • Tackle the barriers and costs of moving home for older homeowners;
  • Tackle the affordability gap' for older homeowners through partial/shared ownership and 'Help to Buy';
  • Help older homeowners 'downsize in place'.