What are the key inequalities?
A report published in January 2017 by the National Audit Office sets out how housing is one of the government’s key priorities. The report acknowledges that for many people, the availability and affordability of housing has become increasingly difficult in recent years. A range of interlocking programmes aims to drive up housing supply and increase home ownership.
Addressing the inequalities in housing supply, affordability and accessibility is largely driven by government policy and funding. However in Central Bedfordshire the key inequality is a lack of available, local, good quality temporary accommodation. This is being addressed through a range of measures outlined above. The implementation of the Homelessness Reduction bill will further focus efforts on preventing homelessness and avoiding the disruption to families caused by homelessness.
In terms of health and social care poor mental and physical health can contribute to the cause of homelessness. Becoming homeless can impact on health which can then deteriorate and, if left untreated, quickly reach crisis point. It is widely acknowledged that people who are street homeless die young. Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, reports that on average this is 30 years younger than the general population. Prevention of homelessness would contribute to a reduction in overall early mortality rates and help reduce health inequalities.
Last updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017