This publication demonstrates the continuing health and societal impacts of poor housing in Wales. Proportionately, there is considerably more poor housing in Wales than in England, with dangerous stairs and steps, and cold and damp homes being key problems. It is estimated that works targeted on reducing the worst hazards would have a benefit to the National Health Service of some £67 million per year. This figure doubles if the definition of poor housing is widened to include all homes with a SAP (energy efficiency rating) of 40 or less and basic heating and insulation improvements are targeted towards these homes. In addition to the direct costs, poor housing also results in broader economic consequences for society in Wales which can be calculated at a further £100 million per annum. The research was commissioned by Shelter Cymru and BRE Trust.
Foreword 1. Introduction 2. Quantifying Poor Housing in Wales 3. Examples of Category 1 HHSRS Hazards in Wales 4. The Cost of Poor Housing in Wales 5. Modelling Cost-Benefit Scenarios 6. Conclusions 7. References