This report summarises the methodology and results of a research project commissioned by BRE Trust to quantify how much the improvements to social housing arising from the Decent Homes programme (2001–2010) have reduced costs to the NHS in treating housing-related injuries and illnesses. It uses the same basic methodology developed to calculate the costs of poor housing in England described in The real cost of poor housing (Roys et al 2010). The report also discusses:
- additional costs to society of non-decent homes
- the impact of less serious, but still significant, levels of Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) hazards
- the work that remains to be done in terms of dealing with homes that are still non-decent
- the importance of maintaining standards in dwellings that are currently decent.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Grainia Long, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing. Executive summary. 1. Introduction. 2. Overview of methods and background - Decent homes, Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), Links between HHSRS and Decent Homes. 3. Estimating the actual reduction in hazards between 2001 and 2010. 4. Estimating the cost of work required to make homes decent. 5. Estimating the reduction in costs to the NHS. 6. Additional costs to society of non-decent homes and the benefits of improving them. 7. What is left to do - Costs and benefits of dealing with remaining Category 1 and Category 2 hazards, Keeping homes decent, Non-decent homes in the private sector. 8. Conclusions. 9. References. Appendices.