Britain's housing is unfit to live in

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1529
  1. L Dillner

    One in 13 homes in Britain is unfit for human habitation and another one in six needs urgent repairs, says a report from the National Housing Forum published this week. The report, which draws on government statistics, focuses on Britain's 19 million private homes and says that at least pounds sterling 70bn is needed to bring properties up to the standard expected by building societies for mortgage purposes. The rate of clearance of old properties is so slow - one in four is over 80 years old - that most houses will still be standing in the year 3000.

    The National Housing Forum, which represents charities, local government groups, and professional …

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