East Suffolk Council has today launched a survey, which will help develop a new Older People’s Housing Strategy to support older people’s housing needs in East Suffolk. 

The aim of the strategy will be to ensure that East Suffolk is equipped with the homes and services older residents need so they can continue to live fulfilling lives in the right type of housing, whether they decide to stay at home, move to a more manageable home or to accommodation where additional support is available.

Cllr Richard Kerry, cabinet member for Housing, said: “We believe that everyone should have a choice of where they want to live as they get older and receive the support they need, whether they choose to live independently at home, move to a more manageable property or move to accommodation where additional support is on hand. This means that we need to ensure that we have quality homes and services in East Suffolk that enables older residents to continue to live fulfilling lives and play an active part in our communities. 

“This housing strategy will play an important role in helping us achieve this and will be guided by the invaluable information we receive from this survey, so I want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and have their say, that so we can develop the right strategy for East Suffolk and provide the support our older residents need.”

To take part, simply complete the survey before 5pm on Friday 9 July at https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/ESC_Survey_OPHS_May2021 

Residents can request assistance to complete the survey, or a paper copy, by calling 0333 016 2000 or emailing  customerservices@eastsuffolk.gov.uk 

The survey is aimed at people aged 55 and over, although we welcome views from residents of any age.

All responses will be anonymous, however, those who are happy to provide their name and contact details will be invited to discuss the results later this summer, either virtually or in person depending on any restrictions at the time.

As a thank you, responders can also enter a prize draw for a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher of their choice. The winner will be announced on Monday 12th July.