Improving poor housing could save NHS 'millions'

A conference will be told that improving poor housing in Wales could save the NHS £67m pounds a year. The Welsh Government says it is investing £36m pounds this year to make homes in Wales' poorest communities more energy efficient.

'Billions' needed to tackle poor housing in Wales

A conference will be told later that improving poor housing in Wales could save the NHS £67 million a year.

Improving poor housing in Wales could save the NHS millions. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health also says £1.5 billion is needed to tackle the problem, with half of that needed for upgrading cold homes.

The Welsh Government says it's investing £36 million this year to make homes in some of Wales's poorest communities more energy efficient.

They also say there's an additional capital investment of £70 million to tackle fuel poverty over the next two years.

'Significant investment' plans for housing - Welsh Gov't

The Welsh Government says it plans to invest millions in improving housing in some of Wales's poorest communities.

The statement comes ahead of a conference of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, which is expected to hear that action and advocacy on housing could save the NHS nearly £70 million a year.

"We recognise that the benefits of good housing extends beyond the basic requirement for somewhere to live and that quality of a person’s home can affect many aspects of their lives including their health...We want all social landlords to maintain their housing stock to Welsh Housing Quality Standards and have allocated £108m a year to help Social Landlords to upgrade stock to meet these Standards.

...We project that in 2013/14 our ambitious energy efficiency programme has helped to reduce energy bills for around 8,000 Welsh households...

This year alone we are investing £36 million to make homes in some of Wales’s poorest communities more energy efficient, alongside an additional capital investment of £70 million to tackle fuel poverty over the next two years. We are making these significant investments at a time of budget cuts because we recognise how difficult it is for many households in Wales to pay their heating bills."

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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