We need action, not a taskforce

By Michael Burton | 22 February 2022
  • Michael Burton

Among the more specific proposals in last month’s otherwise verbose Levelling Up White Paper was the setting up of yet another cross-departmental taskforce, this time on integrated housing with care for older people.

If the Older People’s Housing Taskforce ends up on another Whitehall shelf it will be a hugely lost opportunity. The UK currently provides enough housing with care units for just 0.6% of the over-65s compared to 5%-6% in Australia and New Zealand and yet evidence shows that such housing reduces hospital and GP visits and frees up homes for younger people.

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