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More than two million homes are cold enough to cause ill health, Shelter says

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.634/c (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:634
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Thousands of people living in run down housing are becoming ill because of their accommodation, according to a report by the housing charity Shelter. Shelterline, the charity's telephone advice service, receives more calls about health problems than any other issue except threatened evictions and homelessness itself.

    The report found that 14% of households in England live in housing that is unfit, in substantial disrepair, or in need of substantial modernisation. These 2 794 000 households include 750 000 children. …

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