Tag: healthy homes

Report highlights health impacts of cold homes

New analysis from the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) has found that 9.6m UK households are living in heat-leaking, poorly insulated homes.

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Research shows poor housing will cost over £135.5bn over the next 30 years

The Cost of Ignoring Poor Housing, published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), has revealed that remedial work to England’s poorest housing could provide £135.5bn in societal benefits over the next 30 years, including huge savings to the NHS. BRE’s latest report updates its 2021 research and outlines a 30-year cost-benefit analysis of the impact […]

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Providing healthier homes for residents

Housing associations, local authorities and developers are tasked with ensuring their homes aren’t detrimental to their residents’ health. But retrofitting older homes isn’t without its challenges, says Jill Starley-Grainger. Ensuring the safety of rental properties has long been a priority for landlords but, more recently, a focus on healthy homes has come to the fore. […]

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BRE analysis shows cost to NHS of poor housing

BRE has published The Cost of Poor Housing by tenure in England, which follows its 2021 analysis on the overall cost of substandard housing to the NHS. BRE’s research provides a breakdown of the impact of poor housing on the NHS in each of the owner occupied, privately rented, and socially rented sectors. Of the 2.4 […]

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More than half of private renters living in cold, damp or mouldy homes

New research from Citizens Advice shows 1.6 million children currently live in privately rented homes with damp, mould or excessive cold. The analysis suggests more than half of private renters in England – 2.7 million households – are struggling with one or more of these issues right now. The problem is especially bad in the […]

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WMCA to tackle mouldy homes

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is investing £15m in improving unhealthy social housing. The money will be used to tackle damp, cold and mouldy homes by ripping out ineffective heating systems and replacing them with electric ones, plus installing high quality insulation and repairing leaky roofs, windows and doors. The WMCA will work with […]

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Ventilation is essential for health

At the end of last year, Professor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, published a report calling for indoor air quality to be a priority. The report said that there needs to be a better understanding of how we can prevent and reduce indoor air pollution and the importance of ventilation, stating: Ensuring good ventilation […]

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