Yesterday’s announcement by Housing Minister Grant Shapps to help elderly council house tenants downsize is good news.
Provided this isn’t purely an excuse to access larger family homes and more a focus on genuinely helping the older and sometimes more vulnerable sector find suitable living accommodation, then it’s to be welcomed.
Our own privately-owned village apartments, bungalows, cottages and houses are occupied by the older generation who are generally downsizing to something smaller. Far from being a negative, it’s quite a liberating experience. They live in a property that better meets their needs, takes less looking after and costs less to run.
At a time when the headlines are being swamped by local authority cost-cutting exercises, it is good to see something positive being done for this generation. After many years of saving and working hard, the least our elderly and retired population deserves is a home where they can feel comfortable and contented.
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