Inadequate housing in Europe: Costs and consequences

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Updated
18 August 2016
Published
04 August 2016
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Abstract

This report aims to improve understanding of the true cost of inadequate housing to EU Member States and to suggest policy initiatives that might help address its social and financial consequences. The full impact of poor housing tends to be evident only in the longer term, and the savings to publicly funded services, the economy and society that investment in good quality accommodation can deliver are not always obvious. While housing policies are the prerogative of national governments, many Member States face similar challenges in this field. In some, projects to improve inadequate housing have already provided valuable practical experience that can usefully be shared, and this report presents eight such case studies. While improving poor living conditions would be costly, the report suggests the outlay could be recouped quite quickly from savings on healthcare and a range of publicly funded services – in the EU as a whole, for every €3 invested in improving housing conditions, €2 would come back in savings in one year. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

With contributions from Robert Anderson, Pierre Faller, Jan Vandamme (Eurofound) and Madison Welsh.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    114
    Reference No: 
    EF1604
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1478-5
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-16-429-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/049107
    Catalogue info

    Inadequate housing in Europe: Costs and consequences

    This report aims to improve understanding of the true cost of inadequate housing to EU Member States and to suggest policy initiatives that might help address its social and financial consequences.

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16041
    Catalogue info

    Habitação inadequada na Europa: Custos e consequências

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Este relatório visa melhorar a compreensão do verdadeiro custo da habitação inadequada para os Estados-Membros da UE e sugerir iniciativas políticas que possam ajudar a resolver as suas consequências sociais e financeiras. O impacto total da habitação deficiente tende a revelar-se apenas a longo prazo, nem sempre sendo óbvias as poupanças que o investimento em alojamentos de boa qualidade pode proporcionar  em matéria de serviços públicos, de economia e de sociedade. Embora as políticas habitacionais sejam prerrogativa dos governos nacionais, muitos Estados-Membros enfrentam desafios semelhantes neste domínio. Em alguns deles, diversos projetos com vista a melhorar a habitação inadequada já forneceram experiência prática valiosa que pode ser utilmente partilhada, e este relatório apresenta oito estudos de caso nesse domínio, ocorridos em alguns países europeus. Embora a melhoria das condições de vida precárias fosse dispendiosa, o relatório sugere que o desembolso poderia ser recuperado muito rapidamente nas poupanças realizadas numa série de serviços subsidiados ou financiados por fundos públicos.

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