Housing satisfaction plummets, impacts health and well-being: L&G

UK satisfaction with housing has fallen for the fourth quarter in a row, significantly impacting people’s health and wellbeing, according to Lequal &GgeneralBritain Reconstruction Index.

The survey says it’s hhousing score refused to 56/100, “significantly lower than all other forms of economic, built and digital infrastructure measured by the index”. This score was 60/100 in April 2021.

The index was established last April to monitor progress Government Leveling youp white paper, published last February, on a quarterly basiss.

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The index says “housing is clearly linked to health outcomes and the UK’s sense of well-being and happiness”, adding that people who are satisfied with their area as a place to live score 20 points more on housing, health, transportation and environmental indices.

He points out that poor quality housing can lead to localized differences in life expectancy. In Manchester vsity vsBetween life expectancy is 83 years, while at Newton Heath, northeast of the city, measure falls to 70.7 years.

The survey says people “very satisfied” with their lives scored a housing index of 64/100, compared to just 42/100 among those “very dissatisfied” with their lives.

And those who are “very satisfied” with their neighborhood as a place to live obtain a housing index score of 63/100 against only 39/100 among those who are “very dissatisfied” with their neighborhood as a place to live.

L&G asks”targeted investments across the full range of economic and built infrastructure to reduce gaps in localized health outcomes”.

Overall, the index, in all its measures, remained stable, at a score of 64/100, for the fourth consecutive quarter, although there were improvements in scores on jobs and the economy.

Lequal & Ggeneral Managing Director Nigel Wilson says: “The Index is very clear on housing. We need more and better housing for all types of occupancy – build to sell, build to rent, affordable housing and life later.

Housing is a problem that can be solved, especially if we use modern building methods to create climate-friendly homes to support people through their different stages of life.

Both for housing and for wider economic performance, all parts of the UK need a rapid increase in investment – in the very fabric of the country and in new and growing businesses creating high-productivity jobs and well remunerated. The financial firepower to invest in offsetting these headwinds exists, not least in our pension system – it needs to be used much more productively.

Reducing health inequalities is a key part of the race to the top. Our own data shows that housing in the UK is correlated with health and wellbeing outcomes.

Better housing leads to better health, and better health in turn creates a virtuous circle – very healthy people perform better on our index as a whole.

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