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Escaping the UK housing crisis: Setting a new vision for 2015-2020

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The extent to which our housing needs are met and we are able to live in a decent home is a crucial benchmark by which we judge the extent to which we really do live in a civilised society.

The relationship between housing and life outcomes is both a complex and important one in which the physical reality of housing interplays with social and political pressures.

For example, poor housing makes it harder to attain a decent education. Poor housing is often concentrated in financially poor areas, where school outcomes also tend to be poor. It is also the case that the physical environment can itself have a significant negative effect on ability to study. Overcrowding, noise and cold and damp all militate against high educational attainment.

Similar considerations apply to health, where poor housing is associated with a number of illnesses.

It follows that when there are significant problems with housing, this will impact negatively both on individual quality of life and on the UK economy as a whole.