Health mental health and housing conditions in England

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Harris, Jenny; Hall, J; Meltzer, H
Date of publication
1 November 2010
Housing and Homelessness, Mental health services
Social welfare
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This study looks nationally at links between living in a cold home and poor mental and physical health. It explores how different aspects of fuel related poverty affect different groups of people and shows that fuel poverty is key public health issue for the Government. Key findings from the study include:

  • People who live alone, disabled people and lone parent households are particularly at risk of fuel poverty.
  • Living in a cold home or a home that has mould is a predictor of poor physical and mental health, even after taking into account other factors such as a person's financial circumstances. Families with children were much more likely to live in a home with mould.
  • One in four people living in a cold home were reluctant to invites others to their home, contributing to their social isolation. This is important, because maintaining a social network is a key predictor of positive mental health.

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