Millions of people are living in fuel poverty in the UK. A well-built, medical comfortable home has been shown to improve health and wellbeing, sales increase educational attainment and provide a long-term and sustainable solution to fuel poverty.
The NRFC is creating a targeted Campaign for Healthy Homes to push for homes to be built and retrofitted to better standards. The campaign will focus on people and health benefits and aim to better communicate and promote the benefits of building homes to the highest levels of comfort and energy efficiency.
To kick-off the campaign, the NRFC and Saint-Gobain, the world leader in design, production and distribution of construction materials, brought together a select group of charities and industry stakeholders to examine the health benefits of building homes to the highest levels of comfort.
The key messages and outputs from the roundtable meeting showed there is enthusiasm and a demonstrable need for a campaign. Next steps will be announced on this page shortly.
On 4th March National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued its first national guideline on “Excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold homes”. The NRFC is calling for all Health & Wellbeing Boards to review the guideline with a view to adopting the recommendations locally. The letter can be found here.
In particular the guideline recommends that:
- you establish a single point of contact health and housing referral service in each area; and
- you place an expectation on frontline professionals across housing, health, social care and the voluntary sectors to refer those at risk from cold homes to this service
The NRFC are compiling a table of responses which will be published in June 2015.
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