Older Owners: Housing outcomes and policy choices

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Date(s) - 14/10/2015
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Strategic Society Centre

New research on the lives, aspirations and wealth of older homeowners. 

Speakers at the event include:

  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre
  • Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive, Hanover Housing Association
  • Joe Oldman, Policy Advisor, Age UK
  • Angus Hanton, Co-Founder, Intergenerational Foundation
  • Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better (Chair)

Twitter: #olderowners

This event is free and open to all; however, registration is required. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Older homeowners have risen up the agenda of public debate in recent years. Older owners have variously been told to:

  • Fund their retirement and care costs using their home;
  • Stop ‘under-occupying’ and downsize into smaller homes;
  • Use housing design and adaptation to reduce their need for care;
  • Pay taxes on their housing wealth, particularly to fund age-related public spending.

Policy debate on older owners has also pulled in different directions, cutting across several Whitehall departments, national and local government.

Despite increasing focus on older owners, policymakers have lacked comprehensive data on the housing outcomes, aspirations, wealth and lives of this group across different UK regions.

This event sees the launch of new quantitative research addressing these topics from the Strategic Society Centre and Hanover Housing Association.

The launch event will present the findings of the research and explore how policymakers can make sense of the complex agenda around older owners:

  • Moving plans – how many older homeowners actually want to move home?
  • Financial situation – what percentage of older homeowners are struggling financially? How many have sufficient housing wealth to fund their retirement?
  • Neighbourhoods – how much are older homeowners attached to their local areas and neighbours?
  • Regional variations – to what extent are the housing outcomes and aspirations of older home different across the regions?

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