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Illness from cold rental housing costs the NHS in England £145m a year

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2215
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Cold and energy inefficient privately rented housing in England costs the NHS at least £145m (€166m; $240m) a year, a study carried out by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has found.

Researchers estimated the cost and benefits of repairing private rented dwellings in bands F and G for energy efficiency, the lowest ratings. Housing in these bands has been assessed as likely to present a “category 1 excess cold hazard” under the government’s housing health and safety rating system. The proportion of privately rented dwellings falling into these bands is one …

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