Below is the text of Mr Major’s Parliamentary written question on Old People’s Housing, published on 19th December 1979.
Mr. Major Asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will change the housing cost yardstick allowances and standards for old people's housing so as to enable public authorities to provide separate bedrooms in one-
Mr. Stanley The present housing cost yardstick allowances for old people's housing assume that single person dwellings will be provided with bed-
Increasingly and understandably, however, single elderly people are reluctant to move into accommodation without a separate bedroom, even though they may want to leave family-
Many authorities, therefore, would like to provide separate bedrooms in such cases. But because there is no yardstick allowance for providing separate bedrooms in dwellings specifically designed for single people, the only way they can do this is by building dwellings to the two-
This is clearly unsatisfactory. I am therefore introducing new yardstick allowances for single-
Full details of the allowances will be sent to local authorities early in the new year. The essentials are as follows: “Category 1 (self-
An overall area of 34 square metres will normally be appropriate for such dwellings.
The additional allowances will be available for all relevant schemes for which authorities formally accept tenders on or after 2 January 1980. In the case of schemes for which a yardstick has already been determined but a tender not yet accepted, my Department will be prepared on application by the authority, to re-
Authorities will remain free to provide single person dwellings with bed-