Working hard to raise awareness about later life

We are committed to making later life a greater life and work hard at local and national government levels to achieve this. We regularly commission new research and engage in campaigns to create an environment that transforms the lives of older people.

We also offer our experience and knowledge, gained over the past 39 years, to decision-makers in public and private organisations who are involved in planning for a growing later life population. Here is a selection of our recent work in this area:

A manifesto for housing in later life in Scotland: Improving housing choices for older people. March 2016.

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Generation Stuck: Exploring the Reality of Downsizing in Later Life. January 2016.

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McCarthy & Stone's manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

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Local economic impact assessment of our developments. Institute of Public Care. March 2014.

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Local economic impact assessment of our developments (Executive Summary). Institute of Public Care. March 2014.

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McCarthy & Stone’s response to the Lyons Housing Review, an independent Review being carried out by Sir Michael Lyons for Labour's Policy Review. February 2014.

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Top of the Ladder:  A new generation of retirement housing could set of a property chain reaction.  A report by Demos, sponsored by McCarthy & Stone and the Campaign for Housing in Later Life.  September 2013. 

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Review of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 2013

As part of the Scottish Government's review of the SPP in 2013, we have issued our review and our suggestions here.

House of Lords Public Service and Demographic Change Committee report, Ready for Ageing?
The report confirms that the overall housing market is delivering much less specialist housing for older people than is needed.

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Planning toolkit launched for Later Life Housing
A consortium of housing partners has come together to launch Housing in Later Life: Planning Ahead for Specialist Housing for Older People.

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Reforming the planning use class system
Read our response to the Government’s consultation on planning use classes. August 2013

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Increasing build rates of specialist housing for older people
Read the Home Builders Federation briefing note for MPs on increasing build rates of specialist housing for older people. July 2012

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Homes for Wales: A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities
Read our response to the Welsh Government's White Paper. July 2012

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Identifying the health gain from retirement housing
by the Institute of Public Care, commissioned by McCarthy & Stone. June 2012

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Identifying the health gain from retirement housing
by the Institute of Public Care, commissioned by McCarthy & Stone - Executive summary. June 2012

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Future Homes Commission and better housing for older people - response to the Call for Evidence
The response to the Call for Evidence for the Future Homes Commission and better housing for older people. March 2012

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Older people's housing and a new Housing bill for Wales
Comment on Meeting the Housing Challenge: Building a consensus of action, ahead of the publication of a new Housing Bill for Wales. Feb 2012

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Caring for our future: Shared ambitions for care and support - response by McCarthy & Stone
Our response to the Department of Health's document Caring for our future: Shared Ambitions for Care and Support. Nov 2011

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The National Planning Policy Framework - consultation submission
Our submission to the consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published on 27th July 2011.

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Housing crisis looms for Britain's ageing population
Policymakers must act now if they are to avoid a growing crisis in the provision of housing for older people, according to a major new report published by Henley Business School at the University of Reading. May 2011

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A better life: Private Sheltered housing and independent living for older people. Research into the benefits of specialist housing. 2008

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If you would like to find out more about our research or policy work please contact Paul Teverson, Head of Public Affairs, on 01202 508096.