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The Cost of Unhealthy Housing to the National Health Service

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019

There will be a general debate on the cost of unhealthy housing to the NHS on 26 February 2019. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 9:30 and will be led by Jim Shannon.

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When making a case for the debate to the Backbench Business Committee, Mr Shannon said:

I am the chair of the APPG for healthy homes and buildings. We have just done a full inquiry and delivered a white paper. There are many recommendations in that white paper. You have it in front of you. Healthy homes contribute to better educational attainment, higher workplace productivity, reduced emissions, lower energy bills and a lower carbon footprint.

The cost of unhealthy housing to the NHS also came up in the inquiry, and that is also very important. The title of the APPG contains the word “healthy”, so that is the reason we are asking for this debate. Poor housing in the United Kingdom has contributed greatly to health issues. We have tried to raise awareness of that with the Minister, Kit Malthouse, and with the Government directly.

The APPG’s White Paper is called Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings.

Relevant Library papers include:

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19

Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0046

Author: Wendy Wilson

Topics: Health finance, Housing

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