Requires improvement

It’s back to school for lots of kids today. To illustrate the size of the challenges to improve housing in England, imagine a classroom of 30 children represents the population of England. In that classroom

  • 7 children are in poverty
  • 5 are in non-decent homes
  • 2 are in ‘rent induced’ poverty (ie they are not in poverty before the cost of housing but are after the cost of housing)
  • 1 is in an overcrowded household
  • A third of a child is homeless (including sofa surfing and living in temporary accommodation)

Sources:

There were an estimated c23 million households in the England in 2020 with an average of 2.4 people per household giving a total population of c56m https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/datasets/householdsbyhouseholdsizeregionsofenglandandukconstituentcountries

22% of people are in relative poverty after housing costs. 17% are in relative poverty before housing costs. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-for-financial-years-ending-1995-to-2020

3% of households are overcrowded https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/housing/housing-conditions/overcrowded-households/latest

17% of homes are “non decent” ie  fail to meet the statutory minimum standard for e.g. do not provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort or are not in a reasonable state of repair or do not have reasonably modern facilities https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945013/2019-20_EHS_Headline_Report.pdf

219,000 are homeless (including sofa surfing, temporary accommodation, hostels & on the street) https://www.crisis.org.uk/media/244702/crisis-england-monitor-2021.pdf

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