Research from Shelter reveals that children have to share a bedroom with their parents in almost three- quarters of overcrowded homes.The report, Full House?, also says one in 10 families in cramped housing have teenagers of opposite sexes who are forced to sleep in the same room. The charity is to put pressure on chancellor Gordon Brown to fund more family-sized social rented homes to ease the overcrowding crisis. Shelter warns that if the impact of overcrowding is the same across all types of housing, 268,000 children in England could be sharing a bedroom with their parents, with as many as 72,000 overcrowded teenagers of opposite sexes potentially being forced to sleep in the same rooms. The survey also states that in over a quarter of overcrowded families in social rented housing, children have to sleep in rooms other than bedrooms such as lounges, dining rooms or kitchens, due to a lack of space. This could affect 98,000 children across the country. Adam Sampson, director of Shelter, says: “Giving children the space to grow and learn ought to be a realistic expectation in 21st century Britain. Yet today the health, education and chances of thousands of youngsters are being blighted by cramped conditions that have more in common with the Dickensian era than those of a modern, thriving nation.” He adds: “Over a year since legislation was passed making it possible to modernise our antiquated overcrowding laws the government must urgently publish its proposals for updating them. “But most importantly, Brown must fund the social rented family-sized homes this country needs to end the misery of overcrowding.”
From Kevin Thornton I don’t want to start a slanging match with Nat Daniels via Mortgage Strategy but having read his letter (Mortgage Strategy October 24), I must correct some inaccuracies. The lead offered for sale to me was a staff nurse. A salary scale of 18,818- 22,725 is quoted by the website provided by […]
Advantage Home Loans has reported a record number of mortgage enquiries following the launch of e:valuate this week. Kate Huet, marketing director at Advantage, says: “When we were setting up e:valuate, we knew that this would be revolutionary for the sector an industry first that provides brokers with much more than sub-prime product sourcing, as […]
TOP MANWould you Adam and Eve it – Mortgage Strategy has a new boss. Well, at least for a week. The John from John Charcol coughed up 9,000 for the privilege at the charity auction at this year’s Broomstick Ball for Cancer Research. The event, organised by Bristol & West sales terrier Dierdre McManus, raised […]
Last week Mortgage Strategy exclusively revealed that Origo had delayed its plans to introduce an e-commerce standard for the mortgage market until the middle of next year. Frank Eve, managing director of Frank Eve Consulting, has been meeting industry representatives over recent months to help move the project forward. He says: “Origo decided to extend […]
Health Shield has strengthened its position in the cash plan market, according to the latest Laing & Buisson report, increasing its market share by income from £27m in 2012 to £29m in 2013. The Health Cover UK Market Report 2014 revealed that the non-profit-making Friendly Society was the only provider in the top four to have increased its market share by income over the past year. Health Shield was also the only cash plan provider in the top four to have increased its market share by income every year for the previous five years. This infographic presents the figures.
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