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Poor-quality housing 'fuels poverty cycle'

The UK’s low-quality housing wastes billions of pounds a year through crime, healthcare and educational failure, a report has claimed

The NHS loses £2.5 billion every year treating people suffering from illnesses directly linked to living in homes that are cold, damp and often dangerous, according to National Housing Federation (NHF) estimates.

The police spend £1.8 billion a year responding to crimes that originate from substandard housing, such as burglary and criminal damage.

The NHF has demanded the main political parties to pledge to protect the housing budget post election, to ensure the future of 840,000 affordable homes currently planned up until 2020.

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: ‘If the housing budget is cut and fewer affordable homes are built, millions will be condemned to living in poor housing for a generation – and will ultimately cost the taxpayer far more money in the long run.’

A record 4.5 million people are currently on housing waiting lists in England, with approximately 2.5 million people living in overcrowded properties.

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