The role of the state in encouraging the supply of senior housing: a looming welfare crisis?

Andrew Fyfe, Norman Hutchison* (Corresponding Author), Graham Squires

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    Adopting a welfare stance, this paper considers whether the neoliberalist approach which has been adopted by successive UK and Scottish governments will achieve optimal societal outcomes or lead to the under provision of senior housing.

    Data collection centred on informed multi-stakeholder groups that have significant experience working in the retirement and senior housing sector. Core techniques included desk-based study of secondary academic, consultancy and policy documents. Primary data collection techniques involved primary participation of three Scottish taskforce meetings and interviews with key stakeholders from across the sector.

    The paper concludes that without direct government intervention in the market, the welfare ambition to provide adequate housing for an ageing population will not materialise with significant shortfalls in appropriate stock predicted. To prevent this scenario developing, increased public and private sector interaction is essential.

    The research follows the growing concern to provide research that has “real world” relevance. The paper conducts a detailed analysis of the Scottish government's housing strategy and reports on the findings of interviewees with key stakeholders. The paper makes recommendations for greater public/private partnerships.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-489
    Number of pages17
    JournalProperty Management
    Early online date28 Feb 2023
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2023

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    Acknowledgement: The authors would like to express their thanks to all those who assisted with this research.


    • senior housing
    • housing-with-care
    • welfare state
    • Neoliberalism


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