In the last budget the Government said it would be looking at whether improving housing for vulnerable people can reduce costs to the NHS.
In a new report using up to date figures the Building Research Establishment has calculated that the annual cost of poor housing to the NHS is at least £1.4bn.
The improved analysis indicates that the health impact of poor quality housing is on a par with smoking. The hazards of cold homes and falls are identified as those which have the greatest impact on NHS costs, whilst reducing falls hazards has the fastest payback because of the relatively low remedial cost.
This Briefing Paper, The Cost of Poor Housing to the NHS provides a strong case for achieving significant public health gains through focusing on the most cost-effective improvements to the homes of the most vulnerable people.