1 million UK children in poor housing according to charity

UK Charity reveals 1 million British children in poor housing

A UK Charity has revealed that more than a million children in Britain risk serious illness due to poor housing conditions including cramped conditions, being run-down and damp.

British housing charity Shelter said children in poor houses are more likely to suffer a range of problems, from disease and interrupted schooling to poverty in later life.

"Children who grow up in bad housing are robbed of their future chances by ill-health, educational under-achievement and devastating insecurity," said the report's author Lisa Harker.

Problems include:

  • Those living in sub-standard homes are 25 percent more likely to fall ill.
  • Children in overcrowded homes are 10 times more likely to contract meningitis
  • Children in damp houses are between one and three times more prone to coughing and wheezing.
  • Overcrowding has been linked to slow growth in childhood, tuberculosis and a higher risk of heart disease in later life.
  • Some infants have deformed skulls because they are left on their backs in prams for too long.

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