Call for Government to update the Decent Homes Standard

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has published a report calling on the UK government to proceed without delay in updating the Decent Homes Standard for social housing tenants and to set out a timetable for its extension to cover the private rented sector. The committee has concluded that those less well-off and living in less well-off neighbourhoods are more likely to develop life-limiting health conditions and die prematurely due to poor housing conditions.

The report emphasizes the importance of developing “healthy places” to prevent ill-health and ease pressures on the NHS. The most serious housing hazards include fire and electrical risks, excess cold, excess heat, damp and mould, and air pollution.

For the report, click here.

For the report’s conclusions and recommendations, click here.

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