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Housing Policy 'Affects Other Targets'

Magazine article Public Finance

Housing Policy 'Affects Other Targets'

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Efforts to improve health and education will fail unless more money is invested in housing for disadvantaged people, ministers have been told.

Poor housing affects health and reduces a child's performance in school, according to a Chartered Institute of Housing survey.

The survey, published at the CIH's annual conference in Harrogate last week, showed that 92% of housing professionals believe health and education targets will only be hit if housing quality improves. Ninety-five per cent predicted that homelessness and overcrowding will rise without a major increase in affordable housing.

Addressing delegates on June 20, CIH president Barrington Billings said it was vital that the sector made a strong case for housing ahead of next year's Spending Review.

Unlike in the health service, where money is swallowed up in salary increases, it was possible to see the real effect of bricks and mortar on people's lives, he said.

Housing also offered excellent value for money. …

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