We want housing in England to enable people to live healthily and well at home for longer.
We’re working to improve the condition of housing stock so that it doesn’t put people’s health and wellbeing at risk.
An estimated 10 million people in England are at risk because they live in a poor-quality home. This is the equivalent of 4.1 million homes, close to half of which are homes lived in by someone over 55 years old – and a million of which include at least one child.
Poor housing can create or worsen health conditions, reduce a person’s quality of life, cause poverty and even premature death. With England having the oldest housing stock in Europe, leadership from the government, housing and charity sectors is urgently needed to stem the poor housing crisis, which is endangering the lives of millions and putting significant strain on the NHS.
We've commissioned the Good Home Inquiry to establish why so many of England’s homes are in poor condition. The inquiry will also explore what we need in a good home.