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.

  • Chairs and Vice Chairs

    Peter Aldous MP: Co-Chair

                  Conservative, Waveney

    Lord Best: Co-Chair


    Neil Coyle MP: Vice Chair

                  Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

    Baroness Barker: Vice Chair

                  Liberal Democrat

  • Parliamentary Membership

    Baroness Andrews (Labour)

    Richard Bacon MP (Conservative, South Norfolk)

    Bob Blackman MP (Conservative, Harrow East)

    Baroness Blake of Leeds (Labour)

    Ruth Cadbury MP (Labour, Brentford and Isleworth)

    Natalie Elphicke MP (Conservative, Dover and Deal)

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Crossbench)

    Baroness Jolly (Liberal Democrat)

    Andrew Lewer MP (Conservative, Northampton South)

    Rachael Maskell MP (Labour, York Central)

    Baroness Pitkeathley (Labour)

    Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat)

    Lord Stoneham (Liberal Democrat)

    Lord Stunell (Liberal Democrat)

    Baroness Thornhill (Liberal Democrat)

    Baroness Watkins (Crossbench)

    Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative)

  • About the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People

    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

    Read the APPG report here

  • APPG Inquiry Reports

    2024: Regeneration of Outdated Sheltered Housing


    2023: Making retirement living affordable: the role of shared ownership housing for older people


    Minutes of Inquiry meeting: 8 February 2022

    2021: Housing for those living with dementia



    Minutes of Inquiry meeting: 25 May 2021

    2019: Rental Housing for an Ageing Population



    APPG AGM Minutes

    25 May 2021

    6 March 2024 

    Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI)

    Further information and reports

  • APPG on Housing and Care for Older People, Shared Ownership 2022

    In January 2023, the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People published an inquiry into: ‘Making retirement living affordable: the role of shared ownership housing'.

    The demand for older people’s housing already vastly outstrips supply and the gap is widening across all regions. There is a particular and growing concern around less affluent older homeowners - the ‘squeezed middle’ - who can’t afford to downsize or don’t qualify for rented sheltered housing. The inquiry examined whether shared ownership is a viable option for this group, and if so, what changes are needed to increase affordable provision and make shared ownership a suitable, and popular option for later life?

    Key issues 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

    The inquiry was supported by a panel of six independent members:

    • Abigail Davies (Director, Housing Consultancy, Savills)
    • Gary Day (Director Land, Design & Planning, Churchill Retirement Living)
    • John Galvin (CEO, Elderly Accommodation Counsel)
    • Anna Kear (CEO, Tonic Housing)
    • Bruce Moore (Chief Executive, Housing 21)
    • Jeremy Porteus (CEO, Housing LIN)

    The Inquiry was launched in December 2021 and the first meeting was in February 2022. You can read reports of those meetings.

    The inquiry forms part of the Housing Our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI).

    Housing 21 sponsored the Inquiry and supported the APPG’s inquiry secretariat, which is provided by the Smith Institute.

    The co-chairs of the APPG are Lord Best and Peter Aldous MP. The vice chairs of the APPG are Baronesses Kay Andrews, Liz Barker, Ruth Cadbury MP and the late Sally Greengross.

    The purpose of the APPG is to “promote discussion and set the agenda for developing better, more joined up housing and care for older people, promising greater choices in later life”.

  • 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

  • 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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