Less than 60 per cent of homes across the UK meet basic standards of acceptability in terms of cleanliness, affordability and structural conditions, according to housing charity Shelter. The Living Home standard drawn up by the charity – which aims to be a kind of ‘living wage’ standard for housing – looks at a home’s affordability, security of tenure and structural condition to judge whether it meets basic requirements as a comfortable dwelling. Shelter surveyed almost 2,000 people across the country to see how their homes compare to the new standard. Alongside concerns over rising prices and short-term lets, the survey, released today, found almost one in five homes failed the test due to poor living conditions – including the inability to keep homes warm and free from mould and damp. It comes as campaigners step up their calls for energy efficiency to be classified as a ‘national infrastructure priority’ by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the body set up last year by former Chancellor George Osborne to chart a long-term path for the country’s infrastructure investment. While the NIC will not assess new components of the built environment – such as new-build schools, hospitals – it will consider existing buildings, it confirmed this week.
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