MIKE HEDGES AM ASKS FIRST MINISTER TO COMMENT ON THE LINKS BETWEEN HEALTH AND HOUSING.

MIKE HEDGES AM ASKS FIRST MINISTER TO COMMENT ON THE LINKS BETWEEN HEALTH AND HOUSING.

Speaking after First Ministers Questions, Mike Hedges said….. ‘the link between poor Housing and poor Health is well established; The Labour party has a strong and proud record on providing good quality housing and this leading to improved Health for residents of these properties. I am pleased that Welsh Quality Housing Standard will continue this proud heritage.’
4. Mike Hedges AM – What assessment has the First Minister made of the relationship between housing and health? OAQ52079

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Julie James AM – Integrating housing and health is the platform to effective prevention and early intervention for people with social and health care needs. This is why both housing and social care are priorities in ‘Prosperity for All’.60

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Mike Hedges AM – Can I thank you for that response? As you know, the 1945 to 1951 Labour Government had housing and health in the same ministry, led by Nye Bevan, somebody who we both hold in very high regard.61
Poor housing has a serious effect on health. People, especially the old and young, become more susceptible to illness when living in cold and damp conditions. Poor conditions mean that people can’t be discharged from hospital when, medically, they’re able to be. But if you discharge them, you’re going to have them back in again because the conditions they’re living in are such that they’re going to make them ill. What is being done to improve poor quality housing and thus reduce hospital admissions?62
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Julie James – I absolutely agree, poor quality home can have a very significant impact on people’s lives, particularly for those from the most disadvantaged communities.63
Quality standards, including the Welsh housing quality standard for social housing, are critical to helping deliver the Government’s wider well-being agenda. The Welsh housing quality standard will ensure that, by 2020, more than 220,000 households in Wales will have a home that is safe, warm and secure. Currently, as at 31 March 2017, 86 per cent of social homes in Wales meet the Welsh quality housing standard. The Welsh Government is investing a further £108 million of capital funding a year to social landlords to ensure that the Welsh housing quality standard is achieved in the time period.