Homelessness charity launches 'Living Home Standard'
A campaign has been launched to measure the acceptability of housing across all tenures.
Homelessness charity Shelter has introduced the ‘Living Home Standard’, which takes inspiration from the Living Wage to provide a definition of what the “British public believe everyone needs from a home”.
A previous study from Shelter revealed that 43 per cent of those polled live in homes that fail to meet the new standard.
Further to this, research from Ipsos Mori, which conducted interviews across the UK on Shelter’s behalf, claims that private renters fair the worst, with 69 per cent falling below the standard, compared to 20 per cent of those who own property outright.
Some 68 per cent of local authority homes also failed the Living Home Standard, with 66 per cent of housing association homes failing too.
However, it is unclear on exactly which measure these homes are failing on, according to Shelter.
The charity came up with 39 tests to meet the standard which were divided up into affordability, decent conditions, space, stability and neighbourhood.
Chief executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb, commented: “Now is the time for a national mission to get to grips with our housing crisis once and for all.
“We’re calling on the new government, alongside businesses and other charities, to work with us to turn things around and increase the number of homes that meet the Living Home Standard.”
Data also revealed that 27 per cent of people live in homes that fail on affordability, while 18 per cent live in homes that fail on poor conditions such as pests and damp.
Within the five areas listed above, some tests were classed as ‘essentials’, while others were classed as ‘tradables’ (features that were desirable but not always applicable).
Gavin Smart, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The use of relative measures of poverty is now a well-established approach and expanding the concept to housing provides real insights into what the public think the standard of housing should be.”