Housing Conditions

The Collaborative HIA from Foundations, the national co-ordinating body for HIAs, sets out is its vision for the sector’s future [July 16].

A new government report about Housing and Ageing click here, based on in depth analysis of the national English Housing Survey, notes the finding that the vast majority (94%) of older households were satisfied with their accommodation compared to 86% of younger households, and for those older people classified as ‘under-occupying’ this satisfaction rises to 97%. The report includes analysis of a range of factors & trends, including home moves, income levels, dwelling characteristics. [July 16]

The cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions’ BRE – models the potential scale of NHS cost benefits of pro-active interventions to remove specific housing risk factors in the 3 million homes of people with long-term illness and/ or disability. It can be purchased from BRE either as a download or in paper format. [May 16]

This report from Care and Repair England Off the Radar sets out the national picture with regard to the scale of poor housing conditions amongst older people, the concentration of poor housing in the owner occupied sector and the resulting impact on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population. [March 16]

Homes and Ageing in England from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) builds on the cost of poor housing and shows that simple changes to the homes of older people could save the NHS over £600million a year [Dec 15]

The Cost of Poor Housing published by BRE in 2015 offers an update briefing on the costs specifically to the NHS [Dec15]

A Perfect Storm: An ageing population, low income home ownership, and decay of older housing This report analyses key housing stock condition, demographic and tenure data alongside main housing policy responses to date. [2010]

The Cost of Poor Housing to the NHS from the Building Research Establishment provides a strong case for achieving significant public health gains through focusing on the most cost-effective improvements to the homes of the most vulnerable people. [Dec 15]