Off the Radar? The impact of housing disrepair on health in later life

This report from Care & Repair England sets out the national picture with regard to the scale of poor housing conditions amongst older people, its concentration in the owner occupied sector and the resulting impact on the health and wellbeing of an ageing population.

It includes new figures about ageing, disrepair and tenure that are not currently available anywhere else:

  • 1.2 million of households 65 years or over live in a non-decent home - 79% are owner occupiers
  • Poor housing costs the NHS £1.4 billion pa

It argues for a coherent national response to address private sector housing disrepair arguing significant economic and social gains for the whole country.