Another 1.6million homes are needed in England in the next eight years

Another 1.6million homes are needed in England in the next eight years to cope with booming numbers of over-75s

  • 164,000 new homes are set to be needed every year to meet growing demand
  • Office for National Statistics estimates there will be 25million homes in England by 2028
  • The ONS claim the rising numbers of over-75s without dependants is main reason
  • Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced plans to prioritise social housing for veterans

An extra 1.6million homes will be needed in England over the next eight years to house the booming number of elderly – a vast number of them single.

Official projections yesterday suggested there will be demand for 164,000 new homes per year, and that by 2028, there will be nearly 25million houses in total across the country.

The estimates, from the Office for National Statistics, say the main reason for the increase in demand for homes will be rising numbers of over-75s without dependent children. 

But they said demand could be even higher if there is a lot of immigration over the next few years.

Official projections yesterday suggested there will be demand for 164,000 new homes per year, and that by 2028, there will be nearly 25million houses in total across the country

The projections said the number of households in England would rise by 7.1 per cent between 2018 and 2028 – equivalent to 1.6million homes in the decade.

Last week the Government also announced new measures that would see veterans and their families receive priority for social housing. 

The measures were unveiled by Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP on Armed Forces Day, June 27.

New guidelines distributed to local councils outline how serving military personnel and veterans who need support with their mental health because of conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder should be given the priority for social housing.

Former spouses or civil partners of serving personnel will also be given extra support when applying for social housing.

Pincher said: ‘The health and wellbeing of our Armed Forces, whether they are Regulars, Reservists or veterans, is a priority for this government. 

‘I want to ensure serving and former members of the Armed Forces who suffer from mental ill health are given the priority for social housing they deserve, together with appropriate care and support. 

‘There can be no better time than this Armed Forces Day, after such a challenging time, to celebrate the skill, tenacity and professionalism of our Armed Forces. 

‘Their contribution has been extraordinary and we are all grateful for their efforts.’

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