Call to improve housing to fight poverty

Improving the supply, quality and sustainability of housing is one of the core principles that should lie behind a long-term anti-poverty strategy, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

In a report published this week to commemorate the foundation's centenary, researchers highlight the problems of poverty. Their figures reveal that one in five children are living in families receiving means-tested benefits where parents or carers are not working.

The report puts forward a prospective "road map" for a long-term anti-poverty strategy based on five core challenges. One of these is to improve the supply, quality and sustainability of UK homes through a strategy to avert homelessness and poor housing while tackling growing shortages.

Other core principles include sustaining progress in tackling poverty, making the welfare state more supportive, reducing disadvantage based on where people live and building a public consensus for tackling disadvantage.

Foundation director Lord Best said: "The challenge for the JRF will be to continue to raise awareness of poor people and places in Britain and of the social and financial costs of poverty and disadvantage that fall on everyone."

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