Invest in housing to improve health and reduce costs

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For more than a century, poor housing has been recognised as a threat to health.

Though issues of overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions have receded, suitable accommodation is now widely recognised as the keystone for improved health and wellbeing, social inclusion and access to wider services.

As councils retain substantial responsibilities for housing, there is strong evidence that their actions can significantly contribute to the improved health of residents.

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