Malthouse stays the ‘due course’ on specialist housing

Quizzed over provision for older people, housing minister sticks by the same reply.

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Pressed three times on provision of specialist housing for older people, housing minister Kit Malthouse stayed on “due course”.

A series of written parliamentary questions from Damian Green MP quizzed Malthouse on:

  • Plans to issue guidance to councils on the provision of specialist housing for older people – as required under the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017
  • What consultation MHCLG has undertaken with providers of specialist housing for older people to inform the forthcoming Ministerial guidance
  • The number of planning authorities that have detailed planning guidance in place for the provision of specialist housing for older people

Answering each, Malthouse referenced related guidance as being published “in due course” where the revised National Planning Policy Framework strengthened policy to create a “clear expectation” that all councils had policies in place for addressing the housing needs of older people.

Green got a little more substance in asking whether MHCLG plans to use the successor scheme to the New Homes Bonus to incentivise the provision of specialist housing with care for older people.

On this, Malthouse said consideration about the overall quantum of funding available to the local government sector would be a matter for the next spending review.

“But government remains fully committed to incentivising housing growth to benefit everyone and will consult widely with local authorities on how best to reward delivery most effectively,” he said.

Fellow MHCLG minister Heather Wheeler was less forthcoming replying to Giles Watling MP and his question on the Ministry’s plans to introduce additional forms of tenure for older people in specialist housing-with-care settings.

The government, said Wheeler, currently does not have any plans to introduce other forms of tenure.

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