UK Government Office for Science
This document outlines the Policy implications for the UK due to the ageing population's changing demands for housing. Building suitable new homes and supporting the adaptation of the existing housing stock will be critical as the population ages. It is also important that older people can move to a more appropriately sized home with ease.
The ageing population will change demand for housing in the UK. In particular,it is likely that more adaptable and specialised housing will be needed. Suitable housing can significantly improve life in older age, while unsuitable housing can be the source of multiple problems and costs. Homes will be increasingly used as places of work and care.
This document reflects the discussions in a UK Government Office for Science meeting held to gather the views of a sample of people with experience in the issues raised by the ageing population, specifically housing.
By 2033, total UK households are projected to increase by 27%. In that time, one-person households are projected to increase by 54%, with half of the growth in the over 65 group. Building suitable new homes and supporting the adaptation of the existing housing stock will be critical as the population ages. (Housing and Neighbourhoods Policy Implication 4.1)