APPG on Housing and Care for Older People

An inquiry into shared ownership 2022

Over the coming months the APPG will be holding an inquiry into the current expansion of shared ownership housing for older people – ‘Shared Ownership Housing for an Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation” – SO-HAPPI!’

This tenure now represents as much as half of the new homes in many new retirement and extra care developments. But how can we ensure that going forward shared ownership provides suitable homes as an affordable option for later life?

The APPG inquiry – supported by Housing 21 and with the Smith Institute as secretariat – will be launched on December 13th  at a special virtual meeting of key players, to be chaired by Lord Best, co-chair of the APPG.

The inquiry in 2022 will include research, witness sessions and a call for evidence. The APPG will also be advised by panel of stakeholders and leading experts.

Key issues to be addressed by the inquiry include:

  • spelling out what shared ownership is and ensuring potential purchasers understand the complexities; possibly suggesting simplified and standardised arrangements; 
  • understanding preferences of future occupiers as between shared ownership and renting (to determine the shape of future funding programmes); 
  • considering the leasehold offer, ensuring transparency and fairness in respect of service charges, responsibilities for repairs and sinking funds; (perhaps considering alternatives to current practices); 
  • investigating the flexible tenure model that enables shared owners not only to increase their share of ownership but to sell shares back to the provider, to raise cash for care costs (or grandchildren's needs, etc.); 
  • reviewing the resale process, in particular the problem of finding purchasers for specialist housing through standard estate agents.

For more information about the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, or to be added to the mailing list for future meetings, please contact India Walden, Secretariat for the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, on 020 7219 6799 or at

Read the APPG Register document

  • APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, 25 May 2021

    The session was addressed by the Housing Minister, The Right Hon Chris Pincher MP, where he spoke about the building of new homes for our ageing population, including issues around planning, accessibility, town centre renewal, and upgrading homes for older people of modest means.

    Following a Q&A session with the Minister, there were presentations on 'how technology can improve older people's lives’.

    Read the minutes from the 2021 APPG meeting

  • About the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People

    Housing 21 supports the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People. The group highlights the importance of the role of housing alongside social care and health in providing greater choice and more effective support in later life.

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People is an officially registered APPG, which was established in July 2009. It aims to highlight the importance of the role of housing alongside social care and health.

    Current and future debates about support and services for older people make this APPG an important forum for agenda setting and discussion about the relationship between housing and care and the need for a comprehensive and joined up approach. The APPG focuses on some key priorities:

    • Joining up housing, health and care
    • Encouraging control and choice
    • Highlighting the need for extra funding

    The APPG has recently completed an inquiry on ‘Housing for those living with dementia’.

    There has been four inquiry sessions; with expert ‘witnesses’ presenting at each session. The topics included dementia-friendly design / development of new homes, changes and adaptations to existing properties, ongoing input of care and support, including consideration of innovations in technological support.

    The report, launched on 17 February 2021 has:

    • Made recommendations to central and local government and other key players
    • Provided guidance and stimulates interest for housing providers with an interest in older people

    Read the APPG report here

  • Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

    The HAPPI principles are based on 10 key design criteria. Many are recognisable from good design generally - good light, ventilation, room to move around and good storage - but they have particular relevance to the spectrum of older persons' housing which needs to both offer an attractive alternative to the family home, and be able to adapt over time to meet changing needs.

    Over recent years the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People has looked at the housing needs and opportunities for older people, producing a series of Inquiry reports.

    Click here for more information about HAPPI, and to download reports:

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