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Carers UK responds to publication of Government's new housing proposals

09 February 2017

The Goverment has published a new White Paper on Housing; Fixing our broken housing market. The policy proposals aim to address a range of issues with the operation of the UK's housing market and the increase in the kind of homes needed to meet the needs of our population.

Carers UK has called for a cross Government Strategy to address the housing needs of older and people with disabilities which reflects the need for homes that enable people to care and be cared for safely and well. Carers UK's research on carers's experiences of housing, Caring Homes, can be found here.

Responding to the White Paper Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“The important role of housing in enabling older and disabled people to live independently is acknowledged in the Government’s White Paper and this is welcome. Plans to be clearer about expectations on local authorities to understand and meet demand for accessible housing in their areas should be both robust and funded.


The Government’s commitment to explore solutions to meet the needs of future generations and our ageing population is also welcome and action is urgently needed as the impact of demographic change is already being felt by those struggling in unsuitable housing.


Our research with carers found that  nearly 1 in 5 are waiting for adaptations to be made and 1 in 8 don’t have space for overnight care workers or other support with carers. 1 in 10 said that their home was in poor condition, from damp or disrepair.


To be sustainable, these solutions need to reflect the needs of those providing the majority of care and support; families. It is therefore disappointing that the White Paper makes no mention of the contribution of the UK’s 6.5 million carers."

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