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Consultation plan for accommodation strategy

County council set to consult on supporting housing needs of older people

Cabinet members will meet next week (17 June) and be asked to approve getting feedback on a draft accommodation strategy.

The strategy sets out the demographic challenges of an estimated rise of nearly 40 per cent in the number of 75-year-olds and over in the county over the next 15 years.


We want people to start thinking now about being prepared for life changes further down the line, including where they'll be living. District authorities, as housing providers, will have a pivotal role to play in shaping the strategy


The starting point for the strategy is identifying the general needs of older people and developing a dialogue around all the different types of accommodation available, such as extra care – developments which have 24/7 care and support –  assisted living schemes, houses which can be adapted to meet future needs, and residential care.

There's also a proposal that current extra-care housing contracts will be extended or renewed so each scheme can be developed on a case-by-case basis.

The county council will also continue working closely with the NHS to further provide developments, which can offer more preventative and rehabilitation services.

If approved by Cabinet, a 12-week consultation will start in July, with a report on the findings going to a later meeting.

The cabinet will discuss the report when it meets at 11am on Friday, 17 June. It will be webcast live at and a recording will be available to watch from the following day onwards.

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