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There are a number of reports about Lifetime Homes. All are available in the public domain.

Housing in later life

Age UK's report reveals that just 3% of homes have the recommended accessibility standards for someone with mobility problems resulting in an average 27 day wait in hospital for adaptations at a cost of £11.2 million.

Housing in later life, Age UK, September 2014 PDF (opens new window)

Home Truths – The Hidden Housing crisis

Leonard Cheshire Disability's research shows that thousands of disabled people are living in accommodation that simply does not meet their needs  - an estimated 5 million people needing 'disabled-friendly' homes.

Home Truths - The Hidden Housing Crisis, Leonard Cheshire Disability, July 2014 PDF (new window)

Community Matters: Making our Communities Ready for Ageing - a call to action

A report from International Longevity Centre -UK  (ILC - UK) and Age UK, taking a futures perspective on how communities need to adapt to an ageing society. 

Community Matters: Making our Communities Ready for Ageing - a call to action, July 2014 web page for PDF download (new window)

Habinteg housing association analysis of conclusion and responses to DCLG review of housing standards consultion

A full report and analysis of the published conclusion and responses to the review of housing standards showing that: 

  • 86% of respondents supported up-front investment as the best and most cost-effective way to meet accessible housing need
  • Many respondents supported the adoption of the level 2 standard as the regulated minimum as the best way to achieve this, and even among ‘builders/developers’ 43 per cent agreed
  • 97% said that national minimum standards should be maintained in Building Regulations, and a significant number also said that the minimum should be set at a higher level, with many suggesting that Lifetime Homes Standards should be absorbed into the regulations

Habinteg full report analysis of conclusion and responses to review of housing stadards web page for PDF download (new window) March 2014

Policy paper: Health, Housing and Ageing

A policy paper by the Housing and Ageing Alliance / Housing LIN.

Health, Housing and Ageing, Policy Paper 2013 PDF (new window)

Delivering housing, health and care outcomes

A report by Chartered Institute Housing and Tunstall demonstrates the Lifetime Homes Standard as a way to ensure that investment in new housing is fit for the future. 

Delivering housing health and care, Final report 2013 PDF (new window) 450KB 

Assessing the health benefits of Lifetime Homes

Assessing the health benefits of Lifetime Homes, Mike Roys, BRE, 2012 PDF (new window)

International inclusive and accessible design guides

Inclusive design is being championed by the governments of Australia and New Zealand, as the design guides featured here illustrate:

Livable Housing Design Guidelines, Australia, 2012 PDF (new window), 4MB   

Housing and Disability Future Proofing...for an Inclusive Society, New Zealand, 2012 PDF, 1MB

The London Housing Design Guide (Consultation June 2009)

London Housing Design Guide PDF (new window), 4.37MB 

The London Housing Strategy (Consultation May 2009)

View the document in context on the Mayor of London's website.  

Living All Project: Presentation by Lynn Watson and Paul Gamble , January 2009

Lifetime Homes was presented to a pan-European conference presenting the findings of the Living All project at the University of Valencia. This is the narrative of the presentation.  

Lifetime Homes paper: Living All project PDF (new window), 200KB

London Plan documents - Summary, London Plan and Statement of Reasons.

You can download PDF and RTF versions of these documents from the Mayor of London's website (opens in new window)

Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods - A National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society

Front cover image of Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods reportA government report which states that all new housing with public funding will be built to the Lifetime Homes standard by 2011. This means that all housing funded through the Homes and Communities Agency from that date will be Lifetime Homes. In Wales and Northern Ireland, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Housing already require the Lifetime Homes standard in their funded developments.

Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods PDF (new window), 5.4 MB 




The London Housing Strategy (Consultation November 2008)

The London Housing Strategy November 2008The London Housing Strategy states that “homes must provide the accessibility, adaptability and flexibility required for 21st Century living.”

The Lifetime Homes standard has been identified as a key tool in fulfilling this objective, providing clear criteria for accessible, adaptable and inclusive design in housing: “(We) will monitor delivery of accessible housing and ensure enforcement of (benchmark access) standards such as Lifetime Homes and Wheelchair Accessible Housing Standards. All homes will be built to Lifetime Homes standards and at least 10% will be designed to be wheelchair accessible or easily adaptable for residents who are wheelchair users.”

The Greater London Authority will produce a Housing Design Guide, with a focus on accessibility, and will develop a best practice guide on accessible and inclusive design: “More homes will be provided to meet the access, space and adaptability needs of disabled and older people.”  

The London Housing Strategy PDF (new window), 2.2 MB

Toward Common Ground:The Help the Aged manifesto for lifetime neighbourhoods (April 2008)

Towards Common Ground PDF (new window), 864KB  

The Future for the Code for Sustainable Homes: Making a rating mandatory (Consultation July 2007) 

Front cover publication

Referenced in the costs section of this site.

Making a rating mandatory PDF (new window), 551KB





Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment (Lifetime Homes), September 2006 

Mayor's Office Lifetime Homes case Studies  Achieving an inclusive environment PDF (new window),






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