People are being invited to have their say and help the City of Wolverhampton Council meet the housing needs of older people in the future.

The council is conducting a survey to find out what sort of housing older residents wish to see in the city.

Their thoughts will help the council make decisions about the types of housing that should be built in Wolverhampton, and what sort of services need to be provided to older people in their own homes.

Councillor Peter Bilson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: "People in Wolverhampton are living longer and they're maintaining their independence for longer, and as a council we have a duty to ensure that we provide the right sort of housing and support services which meet the needs of our older residents.

"The findings of this survey will help inform our decisions in the future, so I'd urge people to take a few moments to complete the short questionnaire."

Aimed at people aged 65 and over, the survey is anonymous and will take around 10 minutes to complete. People who care for an older person who is living in their own home are also encouraged to fill in the survey.

It asks a number of questions to ascertain whether housing people currently live in meets their needs, what sort of things they would look for if they were moving house in the future and seeks people's thoughts on support for older residents, such as Telecare assistive technology and care in the home.

People who don't have access to the internet are invited to contact the Housing Strategy Team on 01902 554990 which will post a copy of the survey out to them.

The survey is available online at Type=links;Linkid=6659;Title=Older People Housing Provision;Target=_blank; until Wednesday 16 December, 2015.

released: Monday 9 November, 2015