The national Memorandum of Understanding on health, social care and housing notes that: 1

“The home is a driver of health inequalities, and those living in poverty are more likely to live in poorer housing, precarious housing circumstances or lack accommodation altogether.”

Hackney is the sixth most ‘housing deprived’ local authority in England, based on the ‘barriers to housing and services’ domain of the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (see the ‘Living standards’ section of this JSNA chapter). 2 This domain includes issues relating to access to housing (such as affordability), as well as ‘geographical barriers’ relating to proximity to local services.


  1. National Housing Federation et al, “A Memorandum of Understanding to support joint action on improving health through the home,” 2014.
  2. Hackney Council, “Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 briefing,” 2015.