Preliminary results from our research in Sheffield show that refurbishment with high levels of insulation and efficient heating systems has eradicated fuel poverty - even among the poorest residents - and lifted many above a "basic essentials" poverty line. Reported health appears to have improved also. Residents now call their flats "little palaces".
The challenge for public health research - and that includes the new King's Fund report Tackling Health Inequalities - is to move beyond general prescription to cost-benefit analysis which identifies the size and mix of investment in the housing stock which will eradicate fuel poverty (itself a cause of ill-health and excess winter deaths) and deliver a quantifiable health dividend.
Visiting Research Fellow
Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
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