Sunday, 19 April 2015

One million children in overcrowded homes

Charity Shelter is calling for action to tackle overcrowding as figures show more than 1 million children are living in cramped conditions.

Data from the Survey of English Housing shows the number of children in overcrowded accommodation has risen by 54,000 in the last two years.

The true scale of the problem could be worse, as the current definition of overcrowding dates from 1935, and does not include children aged under one. It also regards kitchens and living rooms as acceptable places to sleep.

Shelter chief executive Sam Younger said: ‘There is no doubt that overcrowding has a massive impact on children’s health, safety and future prospects and can cause depression for parents struggling to cope with cramped conditions.

‘With many children unable to study due to a lack of space, the impact of overcrowding is robbing them of an education and a fair chance in life.’

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