Foundation for Lifetime Homes and Neighbourhoods

April 1, 2010

The above foundation was launched in March by Baroness Rasalie Wilkins in association with Age Concern and Help the Aged, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR), the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Habinteg Housing Association.

The Foundation is to promote the Lifetimes Homes Standard. This standard sets the design details for homes that are suitable for people of all ages and can be adapted to suit different requirements. The Foundation will challenge delays in the commitment of the government to the Standard and push to change the long-term effects of the housing and ageing population.

Andrew Shipley, Lifetime Homes Coordinator, said: ‘The current population of 10 million disabled people and increasing numbers of over 65s, reaching 16 million by 2031, simply won’t forgive us if we pass the buck to future generations.’ He went on to say ‘We have to find new ways of doing things. The Foundation will act as a waypoint towards developing new approaches and practices.’

The Foundation has made a pledge asking the government for action in ensuring accessible, inclusive, adaptable, well-designed and fit-for purpose homes and neighbourhoods.