ARCO (The Associated Retirement Community Operators) has welcomed Michael Gove as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO said:
“Mr Gove will need to draw on all of his reforming instincts to bring about the radical change needed in UK housing delivery. We are hopeful that the new Secretary of State will make a clear commitment to increasing provision for our ageing population through innovative solutions such as housing-with-care.
“At a time when more older people than ever before are seeking suitable housing options where they can access care and support if they need it and enjoy their retirement to the full, the UK has been falling badly behind other countries in provision.
“Making a clear and public commitment to work across Government to expand housing-with-care for older people will benefit us all, saving the health and social care systems billions and freeing up hundreds of thousands of family homes.
“Millions of older people, many of the UK’s largest housing associations and major investors in the sector will be watching for a sign that the Government is serious about rising to this challenge.”