Commission on Housing Renewal and Public Health - Final Report 2007

Published: December 2007

ISBN: 978 1 904306 70 2

Topic(s): Housing

Type(s): Report

Summary

This is the final report of the CIEH Commission on Housing Renewal and Public Health. The Commission was set up in 2005 to examine the need for and role of clearance of residential property and the relocation of displaced occupiers as a means of improving the health of occupiers and the overall quality of the housing stock.

Although housing is slowly moving back up the political agenda, much of the focus is on increasing the supply and affordability of housing. There has been little discussion about the condition or renewal of our older housing stock. As at 2007 over one million vulnerable households were living in non-decent homes with almost five million private sector homes classed as non-decent. It is questionable whether some of our housing built in the early part of the 20th century or earlier can meet current needs in terms of health and safety of the occupiers and also environmental efficiency.

The Report looks at the current state of housing renewal and makes recommendations to Government on how the system can be improved. It also provides advice to local authorities on how the process of renewal can be implemented within the existing legal framework so as reduce the impact of bad housing on health.

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