The UK is experiencing a housing crisis. Also, it must meet the housing needs of an ageing population. Older people often find themselves in spacious homes that they struggle to maintain. Some may want to ‘downsize’ – move into a smaller home. Older people who live in social housing do not have the option of selling up and buying another home. Some Councils run schemes that help older social tenants move into smaller more suitable homes. Also, many Councils have regeneration programmes that replace old housing with new homes. This can lead to people being required to move. This is disruptive, and tenants might resist, although they will ultimately get a new home.
This study looks at downsizing and regeneration schemes. It is interested in how well they work for older (55+) social housing tenants, and how they might be improved. We will use questionnaires with older tenants, and we will ask them to take photos of features of their home and community that are important to them and discuss them, to find out about their experiences of moving home through downsizing or regeneration schemes. We will ask what effects their moves had on their lives and their health. We will interview Council staff and other professionals on how well these schemes are working.
This study will provide information that can be used to make sure that downsizing and regeneration schemes work well for older social housing tenants and that they have a positive effect on their lives and their health.
The research team have produced a video with more information about the study that captures tenant testimonies as well as professional perspectives. Watch the video below and let us know what you think by completing a short questionnaire.