As Inside Housing has reported:
A new report published by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has today laid bare the stark economic and social reality faced by the fast-growing number of older people living in expensive, insecure homes in the private rented sector (PRS).
The number of people over the age of 55 in the PRS has rocketed by over 70% in the past decade, growing at three-and-a-half times the rate of the population. This means there are currently 866,870 older PRS households in England.
Of those households, 364,479 (42%) struggle with basic living costs.
This is a dimension of the pension crisis that is not being anticipated and is going to be immensely costly, either in providing support to private landlords when social housing is what is needed or in terms of lives lost as elderly people living in poverty lose the fight to stay alive against the odds imposed on them.
Are we really so indifferent?
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