Housing and Care

3 September 2013


The EUKN Policy Lab on Housing and Care took place in The Hague on 3 September 2013. It was organized for The Netherlands, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.  Stakeholders involved in the field of housing and care were invited to share their experienc. The stakeholders included State and associations actors from The Netherlands and Germany as well as a British housing provider.

Demographic transition in Europe is a major issue, as in 2060, 30% of the population will be over 65 years old. This means that the number of elderly people in need of care will increase. However, the ratio of working people and retired people will shrink: we will witness a shift of 1 to 4 nowadays, to 1 to 2 in 2060. Healthcare costs are expected to rise sharply to 9% of EU GDP. This entails a shift in the long-term care system with a higher demand for care at home in the upcoming years. In this regard, housing supply should be adequate to consider the need of older people.

Netty van Triest from EUKN and Sandra Kessels from the Ministry of the Interior set the scene by giving an exhaustive description of the current situation regarding demography and housing. Two international cases were presented: the English case by Mr. Berrington and the German one by Mr. Stolarz. Building on this, a Dutch project, BloemRijk, was presented as a successful project which aimed at creating a neighbourhood where young and elderly people live together.

The policy Lab showed the importance of linking the two topics: housing and ageing population.  The report “Demographic change and its consequences for the future Cohesion Policy of the EU” supports the possibility of mobilizing funding from the European regional development Fund (ERDF) for investments in housing adaptated to the needs of elderly people.