Rural Housing, Older People and The Big Society

This Housing LIN Report originated in a piece of work originally explored with the Commission for Rural Communities in late 2009 and commissioned by it in early 2010. Since then a General Election has intervened and the funding and policy landscape has changed. A number of agencies which have rural housing and the needs of rural older people as part of their brief have been advised of their imminent closure or some form of recalibration which may not serve the interests of rural elders so well.

Reordering and updating this briefing for the Housing LIN may prove a useful reminder of just how much has been said and written about the rural dimension of housing choice and care provision. It also builds on the Housing LIN Factsheet no12, An introduction to Extra Care in Rural Areas.