£100m extra funding for specialised housing

September 23, 2012 5:03 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Over the next five years, the £300m capital grant fund will operate to help develop specialised housing around the country. The extra funding will help more people stay independent for longer by creating extra housing tailored to individuals' needs, keeping more people out of hospital and in their own home for longer.

The features of specialised housing - including few or no stairs, cupboards at a reachable height for wheelchair users and adapted bathrooms - mean they are crucial for older or younger disabled people if they want to downsize as their health and care needs change.

Commenting, Norman Lamb said:

"Staying independent and having the choice to live in your own home as you get older is something we know most people want.

"As part of a wider package of reforms to care and support, this fund will support the creation of up to 9,000 new homes specially adapted for the needs of older people."