New resource to help local authorities plan for the changing demographic

18 January 2013

McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading builder of retirement apartments, has launched a new online resource to highlight the real scale of the demographic challenge confronting local authorities and other policy makers across the country.

Based on the newly released census data as well as figures from the ONS and the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, the web site brings together for the first time data about the proportion of people over 65 and 75 and owner-occupiers in each local authority area, as well as the number of households over 65.

At the click of a button, users can also see the projection for the number of households over 65 by 2035 in addition to the number of specialist retirement housing units currently in existence in each area. The data can be accessed by visiting http://www.mccarthyandstone-research.co.uk.

For example, the new website shows that in England 17% of people (9.2 million) are currently over the age of 65*, with 68% of owner occupiers also aged 65 or over**.  It is projected that by 2033, over 13 million people will be over 65***, yet at present there are fewer than 159,000 specialist housing units in existence for ownership or part ownership.

Gary Day, director of land and planning at McCarthy & Stone, commented:

“We all know that our population is ageing fast. A recent report by housing charity Shelter highlighted that by 2030 one in three people are projected to be aged 55 and over.

“This changing demographic highlights the urgent need for better accommodation designed to meet the needs of the ageing population. By launching this online resource we are playing our part in highlighting the scale of the challenges we face whilst enabling local authorities to plan effectively for the future housing needs of older people.”

To support the launch of this initiative, McCarthy & Stone is contacting all MPs, councillors and council officers across the country, to draw attention to the scale of the challenge in their local area.

As part of its commitment to changing attitudes in the sector, McCarthy & Stone last year launched the Greater Life Advisory Board - a non-executive advisory board that is helping the company to champion a ‘greater life in later life’ and to consider a range of key age-related issues.  In 2011, it also established its own panel of residents who live in McCarthy & Stone retirement properties, which provides a resource to local authorities who want to learn more about the social and economic benefits of living in specialist retirement housing.

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* 2011 Census data
**2001 Census data, published 2004
***2012 Substantial Population Projections based on 2010 population data
All data is the most recent available and the website will be updated with new figures as they are released


For more information:

Kate Habberley, kate.habberley@talapr.co.uk 020 3397 3383 or 07943 333362
Andrew Baud, andrew.baud@talapr.co.uk, 020 3397 3383 or 07775 715775

Notes to Editors

McCarthy & Stone is Britain’s leading builder of retirement apartments, responsible for the construction of more than 40,000 homes for more than 45,000 residents.  The company is renowned for its focus on the needs of people in later life.