Housing for Rural Elderly Report Launched in Parliament

The Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence Report was launched in Parliament on 30 April.


The Rural HAPPI report was launched in the House of Lords by Hastoe Chief Executive, Sue Chalkley and Lord Best.

The report can be found at this link.  

The launch was attended by the Minister for Rural Affairs, Lord Gardiner. He paid tribute to the report and its contribution to the debate on how we house a rapidly ageing population in rural areas. He also paid tribute to Sue, in her final few weeks as Hastoe Chief Executive before her retirement. 

Sue said:

“We have a ticking demographic time bomb in Rural England as our population ages rapidly. Failing to act now will mean more loneliness, isolation and expensive trips to hospital as rural areas will be left with a housing stock completely unsuitable for its population.”

“Policymakers must wake up to this challenge and ensure we have more houses suitable for the rural elderly and, crucially, the right sort of houses too. The recommendations in this report are an excellent place to start.”


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