Minister Damien English attends a meeting of the “Housing Options for our Ageing Population” Policy Statement Implementation Group

Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal today (10 September 2019) attended a meeting of the Interdepartmental/Agency Implementation Group, which monitors and reports on progress of the Joint Policy Statement “Housing Options for our Ageing Population.”

The Policy Statement reaffirms the strong Government commitment to policies that support older people to live in their own homes and communities with dignity and independence for as long as possible. It provides a policy framework, underpinned by and aligned with the six principles developed, to support our ageing population in a way that will increase the accommodation options available to them and give them meaningful choice in how and where they choose to live. The Policy Statement identifies a programme of strategic actions (40 in total) to further progress housing options for older people under the themes of data gathering, collaborative working, delivering choice, support services, comfort and safety and maintaining momentum. This programme, which requires significant inter-departmental and agency working and collaboration, will inform future policy development in this area. The Implementation Group will monitor, drive, and enable the delivery of the forty actions outlined in the Policy Statement.

Minister English outlined that “The statement provides a framework for the creation of more liveable, sustainable and resource effective housing options for older people as envisaged in the specific commitments on housing for older people set out in Rebuilding Ireland. The actions and initiatives in this Policy Statement are an important first step and we are determined to put in place the structures that will ensure that they are implemented. To deliver on these actions, significant inter-departmental and agency collaboration is required and I believe that the group assigned to this task has the knowledge, skills and experience to drive policy forward in this area. I look forward to working with Mr. Kearns and the implementation group to put the steps in place to provide appropriate housing choices for older people, suited to their individual needs so they can plan ahead and, insofar as possible, choose the right home for them.”

Mr Kearns said “This is such an important policy area, and one that can only grow in significance in coming years. It is very reassuring to see that there is such an integrated and comprehensive approach to both the policy itself and its implementation. This is a credit to all those who have been involved to date. As Chair of the Implementation Group, I will endeavour to do my best to facilitate and enable all those who have committed to the implementation of the programme of actions arising from the joint Policy Statement.”

Notes to Editor

The Policy Statement “Housing Options for our Ageing Population” provides a policy framework, underpinned by and aligned with the six principles developed, to support our ageing population in a way that will increase the accommodation options available to them and give them meaningful choice in how and where they choose to live.

The principles on which the Policy Statement is built are around include:

  • Ageing in Place;
  • Supporting Urban Renewal;
  • Promoting Sustainable Lifetime Housing;
  • Using Assistive Technology;
  • Staying Socially Connected; and
  • Working Together.

The Policy Statement identifies a programme of strategic actions to further progress housing options for older people under the themes of data gathering, collaborative working, delivering choice, support services, comfort and safety and maintaining momentum.  The programme of actions (40 in total), which require significant inter-departmental and agency working and collaboration, will inform future policy development in this area.