Major cities ranked for housing satisfaction
Residents in Liverpool are less likely to be satisfied with their housing than those in any other major English city, according to a new survey.
The poll by Shelter and Places for People revealed that Leeds and Bristol have the most satisfied residents, followed by Sheffield and Bradford.
Liverpool residents have a satisfaction rating of 78 per cent, measured across five criteria: affordability; a good standard of repair; security of residency; neighbourhood safety; and adequate size of housing.
Liverpudlians were also revealed to be least likely to agree that their housing was affordable, with only 32 per cent agreeing.
The survey also found a strong link between good housing and overall life satisfaction, with 70 per cent of those rating themselves as extremely satisfied assessing their housing in the same way.
Private renters had the lowest average satisfaction rating of 75 per cent; homeowners had an average score of 87 per cent, while social renters rated their satisfaction at 78 per cent.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: ‘While most of us are lucky enough to have a secure, decent and affordable place to live, today’s findings show that the picture across the country is extremely mixed.
‘We know from the people we see every day that bad housing, whether it’s overcrowded or in disrepair, has a devastating impact on people’s lives. Improving people’s housing needs to be top of the government’s agenda.’
David Cowans, chief executive at Places for People, added: ‘These results show how important people’s homes are to their sense of happiness and well-being, and how housing aspirations are shifting.
‘Many people, and especially newly forming households, are now finding that the homes produced in the past no longer meet their needs in terms of availability, tenure, geography or price.’