What the English House Condition Survey 1991 actually shows is that there was a welcome decline in the number of unfit dwellings between 1986 and 1991, whether measured against the fitness standard in force in 1986 or against the standard introduced in 1990 under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Under the old standard, 753,000 dwellings were unfit in 1991 compared with 909,000 in 1986; under the new standard, 1.456 million dwellings were unfit in 1991 compared with 1.643 million in 1986.
The real picture is of improvement in housing conditions. This is good news and should be reported as such.
Under-Secretary of State
Department of the Environment
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