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Health and wellbeing impacts
Section category: Health and wellbeing impacts

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of homelessness

While many groups suffer poorer health outcomes as a result of their housing situation, it is undeniable that those worst affected are those without a permanent home. A recent study reviewing health across the social gradient concluded that: ‘In comparison with the slope in health inequalities, the health experience of the homeless is more akin …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of housing tenure

Health outcomes are typically worse among residents of social housing compared with other tenures, while owner-occupiers tend to report better health and wellbeing (and live longer) in general.  Some of these patterns may be attributed to the fact that housing tenure is strongly related to socio-demographic factors (such as age or income levels) and psychological …

Soc&Env: Housing: Health and wellbeing impacts of affordabiilty and availability

The current housing crisis is having a major impact in Hackney and the City, as a result of increases in all costs associated with housing combined with reductions in welfare payments (see the ‘Living standards’ section of this JSNA chapter), and fuelled by population growth that is putting pressure on existing housing stock. Younger single …

Soc&Env: Health and wellbeing impacts of housing conditions

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) provides an assessment of the level of health-related hazards within a property.  The key (‘category 1’) hazards used to assess properties under HHSRS are listed in Table 1, grouped into four categories – physiological requirements, psychological requirements, protection against infection and protection against accidents.  These hazards give …

Soc&Env: Housing and homelessness: Health and wellbeing impacts

There is strong evidence on the relationship between housing and health, although the causal effects can be difficult to unpick. Further information in this section is framed around the following headings: Housing conditions Affordability and availability Housing tenure Homelessness In general, the evidence on the relationship between housing and physical aspects of health (such as …

Soc&Env: Transport and travel: Health and wellbeing impacts

Congested roads have notable negative health impacts, such as high levels of air pollution, noise and increased injury risk. By influencing people’s preferred modes of travel, transport policies can have a significant positive impact on population health, for example through measures to: reduce motorised traffic reduce air pollution increase active travel (i.e. walking and cycling) …