by M Davidson, S Nicol, M Roys, A Beaumont (17-Mar-2011)
Decent homes are the foundation of people’s lives and, as such, a key determinant of health and well-being. Although there is extensive literature on the relationships between poor housing and both physical and mental ill-health, it remains difficult to translate this recognition into coordinated and concerted action on housing as a priority for public health.
This report summarises the results of a research project commissioned by Shelter Cymru and BRE Trust to apply a methodology developed to calculate the cost of poor housing in England to the Welsh housing stock. The research found that reducing the worst hazards of poor housing in Wales would save the NHS about £67 million per year.
Foreword by John Puzey and John Pritchard, Shelter Cymru
1 Executive summary
Defining poor housing
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System
3 Quantifying poor housing in Wales
The 2008 Living in Wales Property Survey
Category 1 hazards in Wales, 2008
Types of homes with Category 1 hazards
Household groups with Category 1 hazards 3.5 Comparisons with England
4 Examples of Category 1 HHSRS hazards
5 Financial impact of poor housing
Improving poor housing to an acceptable level
Quantifying the cost to society of poor housing
What costs should be included?
The total cost of poor housing in Wales
The health cost-benefit of energy improvements
6 Modelling cost-benefit scenarios
Case Study 1: Falls on stairs and steps
Case Study 2: Cost benefit of energy improvements to a Category 1 HHSRS cold home