19 April 2023
One of the strongest indicators that all is not well in our housing system is the level of overcrowding experienced by people in all tenures. Overcrowding in the social sector is indicative of a shortage of available housing of the right size, and in the private sector it is indicative of the affordability issues faced by households in trying to find a home large enough for their needs.
In this paper, as well as looking at the scale of overcrowding as measured in the English Housing Survey, we look at the impacts on families who deem themselves to be living in overcrowded conditions. The report explores the impact overcrowding has on a family’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, daily lives and relationships.
The National Housing Federation is calling for a long-term, national plan for meeting housing need, with the aim of driving a drastic increase in the number of affordable homes over the next decade.
310,000 children in overcrowded homes forced to share a bed with parents or siblings (19 April 2023)Press release