Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House from Westminster Bridge
DCN responds to government spending round
September 4, 2019

District councils respond to report by homes for later living on housing for older people

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House from Westminster Bridge

Big Ben and Houses of parliament in London, UK

Responding to a report written by former Treasury economist Chris Walker for Homes for Later Living, calling for more housing for elderly people, Cllr Tom Beattie, District Councils’ Network spokesperson for Better Lives, said:

“Good quality housing is absolutely critical to supporting everybody’s health and wellbeing, and district councils are committed to making sure people are safe and well at home.

“However existing housing stock is not suitable for meeting the needs of people as they get older, increasing the risk of falls in the home.

“This is why the Government needs to increase the size of the Disabled Facilities Grant so districts have the funding to provide the home adaptations older people need and rely on.

“With more than 70 per cent of future households including someone over the age of 65, it is really important that we build more homes which support people to age well, by giving districts more powers to build the homes our communities need.”


The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network providing a single voice to 191 district councils. District councils in England deliver 86 out of 137 essential local government services to over 22 million people – 40 per cent of the population – and cover 68 per cent of the country by area. They play a key role in local communities, providing services such as building homes, collecting waste, regenerating town centres, preventing homelessness, keeping streets clean and maintaining parks.