Housing Conditions

English Housing Survey Headline Report 2017-18 published

The latest English Housing Survey Headline report 2017-18 has been published.

The headline figure for the total number of non-decent homes (all tenures) is slightly down on the 16-17 survey, which indicated a small rise after decades of decrease.

EHS 15-16 16-17 17-18
All Households 22.8m 23.1m 23.2m
O. Occupied 14.3m (63%) 14.4m (63%) 14.8 (64%)
Non-decent (ND) 4.6m (19%) 4.7m (20%) 4.5m (19%)
O.Occ ND 2.7m (57%) 2.9m (62%) (est.2.7m (60%)*

*Detailed tables not yet released. est. based on figures in Headline Report

The majority of non-decent homes continue to be in the owner occupied sector (2.7m), albeit that there is a higher percentage of non-decent homes within private rented homes (25%/ c.1m). Social rented housing is the least likely to be non-decent (13%/ 0.5m).

The EHS Headline report no longer reports on of the age of occupants of non-decent homes and the 17-18 data sets that should enable such analysis are not yet available.

Examination of the data sets In past years revealed that older people living in owner occupied homes are disproportionately living in non-decent homes. For example,

[February 2019]


Small but Significant The impact and cost benefits of handyperson services Care & Repair England (2018)

The hidden costs of poor quality housing in the North This is the headline conclusion of a new report published by the Northern Housing Consortium https://www.northern-consortium.org.uk/

Poor housing occupied by people with long term health problems or disability, particularly older home-owners, is a major and growing problem in the North of England and requires urgent government action.

In the North there are nearly 1 million owner-occupied homes and 354,000 private rented homes which now fail to meet the decent homes standard, and the problem of disrepair is a particularly urgent concern for many older homeowners.

Nearly half of all non-decent homes in the North have at least one occupant with a long term illness or disability – well above the England average.

The report calls for a new Decent Private Homes grants programme, arguing that there is strong evidence that intervention costs would be offset against reduced care and health expenditure.   [October 2018]

Delivering Healthy Housing University of Birmingham (March 2018)

The Collaborative HIA from Foundations, the national co-ordinating body for HIAs, sets out is its vision for the sector’s future [July 2016].

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 2016]

The full cost of poor housing BRE (May 2016)

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 2016]

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 2016]