ARCO, the representative body for retirement operators, is pushing for a cross-government housing-with-care task force, so the sector can expand and benefit thousands more older people

Following an open letter to the Prime Minister in March calling for the 2020s to be the “decade of housing-with-care”, signed by over 40 politicians, academics, charity and private sector leaders, ministers have confirmed they are considering the proposals for a new task force.

But ARCO wants to ensure it is implemented as soon as possible.

Increasing attention has been paid to the housing-with-care sector due to its strong performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And right now the spotlight is on funding the social care system.

ARCO’s  Annual Conference, on 3-4 November 2021 will bring together some leading voices and provide a platform to debate how to take the sector forward.

The conference, ARCO’s 5th, has always attracted organisations from a diverse range of sectors.

This year major sponsors include real estate experts JLL, planning consultancy Carterwood, law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP, care provider Helping Hands and technology experts Sherpa.

The conference has also attracted hundreds of senior leaders from across the sector, including Government Ministers, major investors, international experts and regulators.

On the agenda at the What Next? 2021 conference will be the evolving landscape for housing-with-care over the last 18 months, the importance of clearly defining the sector, ways to create meaningful policy change, and ensuring a zero-carbon future.

“It is more important than ever that we bring people together from different sectors, including law, planning, real estate, social care and technology, so we can lay the best path ahead for the housing-with-care sector and help brings its benefits to many more older people,” said Michael Voges, Arco’s executive director. 

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