The hidden costs of poor quality housing in the North

Document type
Discussion paper
Hunter, Paul
Smith Institute
Date of publication
10 October 2018
Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Sub-standard private housing is a major problem in the North, yet the issue is overlooked and rarely discussed. The problem affects all three regions and is a particularly urgent concern for many older homeowners. Nearly 1m owner-occupied homes in the North now fail to meet the decent homes standard in addition to 354,000 private rented homes. This is also a national problem, but worse in the North where there are concentrations of pre-war, low value properties.

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