Poor housing costs health service £95m per year – new report

Poor quality housing costs the NHS in Wales more than £95m per year in treatment costs – but action to mitigate poor housing could see a return on investment within six years, according to a new report.

The report looks at the impact of housing quality, unsuitable homes, and homelessness on health and well-being in Wales, and identifies value-for-money priority areas for action.

18 per cent of homes in Wales pose an unacceptable risk to health, and poor housing costs Welsh society over £1bn a year.  There is strong evidence that poor housing is associated with poor physical and mental health.