Friday 15 December 2017

Paul Melia: Amid all the chaos, planning for ageing is forgotten

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

In a housing crisis, it's no surprise that sectoral interests fall by the wayside.

For a Government facing a national emergency on homelessness, coupled with a need to boost housing supply to cater for renters, those on council waiting lists and private homeowners, it was inevitable that housing for the elderly fell down the list of priorities.

And while the ESRI suggests giving cash to these empty nesters to encourage them to move into smaller homes, it's worth bearing in mind that the think-tank estimates this would release just 26,000 homes - this is little over a year's supply.

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