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The Dynamics of Bad Housing on the Living Standards of Children – Evidence from the Families and Children Study (FACS)

Author: Matt Barnes
National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)
Date: 2008
Location: England

The UK government has made tackling poor housing a priority, particularly in the social housing sector and through criteria such as the Decent Homes Standard. At the same time, rising energy prices are believed to contribute to greater levels of fuel poverty, which affects low-income families, many of whom live in lower-quality properties. While a tacit link between inferior housing and negative outcomes for children has long been accepted, there remains a gap in knowledge about how this is manifested and what exactly the causal relationship is.


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