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Homes and ageing in England

BRE (Building Research Establishment) is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, operating in the built environment and associated industries.

The BRE Briefing Paper, Homes and ageing in England was written by Helen Garrett and Selina Burris, and published in November 2015 on behalf of Public Health England. It is available to download free of charge.

The paper uses English Housing Survey data and the research methodology used for The costs of poor housing to the NHS to give an overview of housing conditions for older people and to estimate the cost of the poor housing occupied by the older population to the NHS in England.

It is aimed at professionals and academics working in housing and health. In the foreword, Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing Public Health England suggests that it ‘…provides much needed evidence that can be used by local government and health services in respect of older people. It is very relevant to the preparation of Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies, through using this new information to help build a strong cross-agency housing dimension to health plans and for understanding the returns on investment that can be made across sectors.’

The briefing paper reveals that:

The paper provides costings and case studies for a range of remedial works that can be undertaken, and calculates pay-back periods for them.

The contents are:

--BRE Group

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