Good Housing: Better Health – housing stock is key national asset

  • 25 Jul 2016

Howard Chapman recommends ‘Good Housing: Better Health’, the latest report from the Housing and Communities Research Group that includes an action plan to get housing quality back on the policy agenda and improve understanding of how significantly good housing contributes to better health.

Good Housing: Better Health

The report highlights the one-sided approach to housing policy today. It calls for a more balanced assessment of the country’s housing requirements and a wider recognition of issues related to housing quality, such as health, energy efficiency, poverty and social inclusion.

The report says the UK housing crisis emphasises the need to build more homes. However most housing need, demand and movement is in the existing housing stock and it is essential that public policy addresses the condition, affordability, suitability, appropriateness and security of this housing. Too little attention is given to how the existing housing stock facilitates labour mobility and recruitment; is a key resource for economic and social development; and often, a major cost to public services.

One fifth of the housing stock in England does not meet the Decent Home Standard and one third of households renting privately are in housing below this standard. Many funds for housing renewal have been withdrawn, with profound and damaging implications for the nation’s health.

The paper argues for a more comprehensive, less one-sided approach to housing policy. It puts forward an action plan to get housing quality back on the policy agenda. And it calls for a wider recognition of housing-related issues such as health, energy efficiency, poverty and social inclusion.

Good Housing: Better Health was prepared by an informal partnership of academics, housing and regeneration practitioners, and housing and health researchers concerned with improving the United Kingdom’s housing. The group includes three members of Housing and Communities Research: Alan Murie, Jon Stevens and Christopher Watson.

Leave a Reply

Latest news


Garador introduces wireless optical sensor for GaraGlide

Garador’s new electrically operated roller garage door, the GaraGlide, is now available with a wireless optical sensor as an option.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Doors, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products, Posts, Retrofit & Renovation

Keystone Lintels

Keystone Brick Slip Feature Lintels integral to Cheshire barn development

Keystone Lintels provides a range of innovative, prefabricated brickwork solutions as part of the restoration and conversion of a series of barns into new homes along with the creation of nine new build houses.

Posted in Articles, Bricks & Blocks, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Case Studies, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Steel and Structural Frames, Walls