Older Private Tenants

What Would Help Older Private Tenants?

We’re just over halfway through Age UK London’s project to raise awareness and find solutions for older private tenants in London. We’ve heard a lot from older people about the conditions they live in and their concerns for the future. This research has led us to ask a series of questions: What are the main areas of concern for older private tenants? What changes could be achievable and would help these older renters? What can be done in London, and what would need national legislation?

Still Game

Ageism and Film #6 – Still Game

My favourite Christmas presents are films and TV series. So much so, that I reserve a free night in January or February for my viewing pleasure. The 2016 offerings included ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ (well worth watching) and ‘Supersonic’, which I’ve yet to get round to – a real musical theme for some reason.

On opening both of these, I was instantly delighted. Here were two documentaries I was looking forward to watching, and had been well aware of even before their release in cinemas.

I opened one more box set on Christmas Day, and was surprised to find I’d never heard of it: Still Game, A BBC Scotland comedy created by Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill. Here’s why it’s such a good watch…

The Forgotten Faces of Generation Rent

The face of Generation Rent includes university graduates, young professionals, even families with children – but in many ways the term inadvertently excludes older people. It assumes older generations are enjoying their own home and the financial benefits and comfort that come with it, as though the older sections of society are unaffected by soaring house prices and cuts to social services and housing.

“Ageing in Squalor and Distress” – A New Housing Report from Age UK

Last week Age UK released “Ageing in Squalor and Distress”, an in-depth report that investigates the experiences of older private renters. The report collates information taken by Age UK between 2013 and 2016, with a view to asking how well the private rental sector works for older people and what needs to change to allow the sector to better fit the needs of older people in future. It does not make for happy reading. Unexpected rent increases, fear of eviction, damp problems, poor insulation, and the failure of landlords to carry out timely repairs are just some of the many […]

The Living Home Standard Report

This week saw the housing charity Shelter release the Living Home Standard report, an investigation into the state of the property market in Britain. This research was part of a concerted effort to discuss the reality of people’s housing situations, rather than simply listing facts and figures. Shelter also wished to discover what words such as “affordable” and “security” mean to regular people, seeing as such phrases are repeatedly used by policy makers and charities. The report emerged from nine months of consultation with the public, and lists thirty-nine criteria that houses and flats must meet to protect the occupants’ […]

Don’t Get Left in the Dark – Call 105!

This week saw the launch of a brand new national phone number – “105” – which customers can use to report or receive information about a power cut in their area. In the past, many people have mistakenly called their energy supply companies in the event of a power cut, rather than their local electricity network operator.

The introduction of 105 aims to solve this problem by providing people with an easy-to-remember number that will put them straight through to their local electricity network operator.

Why “Generation Rent” Has No Age Limit

“Will I ever be able to afford my own home?” It’s a horrible question to have to ask yourself, but this is the current reality for an entire generation of young people in Britain. As home ownership has now reached its lowest level for the last thirty years, The Guardian recently hosted an online debate to discuss whether members of the public should now give up the dream of ever owning their own home. Though the primary complaint was the cost of purchasing housing, many made the point that the poor state of the rental market has worsened the problem […]

Regeneration – How Does it Impact Older People?

As many of the previously run down parts of London get a face lift – shiny new glass buildings, pavement cafes, and artisan bakeries galore – I have often found myself wondering what these changes mean to older people that have lived there all their lives. The greasy spoon cafés and small grocery stores may have looked scruffy to some, but for those who have known that area all their lives, the loss of these familiar establishments could have a big impact. An interesting study Ageing in a Long-term Regeneration Neighbourhood: A Disruptive Experience or Successful Ageing in Place? by […]

A New Manifesto for Housing in an Ageing Society

With the General Election due next year the Older People’s Housing Champion’s Network has produced its manifesto on housing in an ageing society which you can find here.  This calls for Future proofing housing for an ageing society Engaging older people far more in the planning and design of new homes & neighbourhoods Promoting a greater choice of specialist and general housing for older people Truly integrating housing into the planning of health and care services Providing rapid access to affordable repairs and adaptations with practical help such as handyperson’s services and Home Improvement Agencies and Providing more independent, impartial […]