Environmental Health and Housing by Jill Stewart

By Jill Stewart

The booklet contains uncomplicated technical info for finishing residence surveys, certain but transparent backgrounds to and causes of utilising suitable laws and dialogue of present coverage and method. All this can be subsidized with case experiences and examples of ways concept and legislation are placed into perform in actual occasions. certain in its insurance, basically illustrated and protecting such assorted themes as housing defects, caravan websites, asylum seekers and social exclusion, the booklet is vital analyzing for everybody concerned about the housing zone.

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This is because ethnic minorities are frequently excluded from other housing options by a matrix of discrimination elsewhere. Low-income groups, on short-term tenancies, are unlikely to effect repairs or improvements themselves, and may fear asking their landlord to carry out essential works for fear of eviction. Ironies of policy There is current cross-party consensus on an increased role for the private rented sector in responding to increasing homeless and decreasing social housing. Seeking to open up the private rented sector is just one in a series of policies that seeks to encourage ‘choice’ and ‘diversity’ in provision.

There is also a clear need for increased liaison between health professionals and multi-agency working. Particularly relevant to private sector housing, the government is currently considering a housing fitness rating scheme that seeks directly to relate health and housing issues, and to introduce a national licencing scheme for HMOs. These are discussed further in Chapter 4. Also encouraging are moves toward a reworking of public health issues since the late 1980s (Ashton and Seymore 1988). 6) of those involved to develop new and innovative ways forward in promoting well-being.

The English House Condition Survey (DETR 1998) illustrated that some households still lack basic amenities such as an internal toilet, especially in the private rented sector. Many amenities have to be shared in HMOs, which can present problems of hygiene where management standards are low, possibly leading to diarrhoea, particularly to high-risk groups such as children. Waste disposal If allowed to build up, such as in communal areas where no one takes overall responsibility, domestic waste can lead to secondary problems of vermin.

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