The report concludes that there is no one piece of economic analysis that will persuade health providers or commissioners to work with or commission housing associations. However, the case studies in the report illustrate the economic benefits that housing association can provide through:
- providing safe, decent homes that enhance wellbeing. This has health impacts that are valued, and can save the NHS money
- alleviating the overall cost burden of illness and treatment
- helping to offset and reduce costs of delivering health care to individuals
- demonstrating cost-effectiveness in helping to meet the objectives of the NHS and of improving health more broadly
- demonstrating the cost–benefits of their interventions in terms of the value of improvements to people’s health and savings to the NHS.
No. of pages: 40
The report is one of a set of three commissioned by the National Housing Federation; the second report focuses on how housing associations can develop a business case that will be better understood by the health sector and the third explores how the health and housing sectors differ in their approach, language and terminology, roles, and use of evidence.