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Market assessment of housing options for older people

A study report for Shelter and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, it addresses three broad groups of questions:

- Choice, availability and affordability: If an older person or couple is thinking about moving, do they have a wide enough choice of suitable housing? Are developers and providers offering what older people want (and if not, why not)? Is lack of choice the main reason that older people stay put?
- Quality of life: What is the impact on older people’s wellbeing and quality of life if they move house or not? How does a wider choice of housing options relate to quality of life?
- Market impacts: What are the impacts on the wider housing market of older people moving home? Does an older person down-sizing free up family-sized housing for families?

Jenny Pannell
Hannah Aldridge
Peter Kenway
New Policy Institute