Published: 3rd Jul 2018

The Labour Party is to launch a consultation on creating ‘healthy home zones’ to mark the 70thanniversary of the NHS. Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth and shadow housing secretary John Healey have today announced plans to consult on a range of measures to tackle housing-related health inequalities, which they claim cost the NHS £1.4bn a year. These include plans to set up new ‘healthy homes zones’ to target areas with the worst quality housing, with new landlord licensing powers and penalties. The Labour Party also wants to introduce a national ‘healthy homes tsar‘ to co-ordinate central government’s work, and report on progress and create a requirement all local areas to have a dedicated health and housing strategy within the first year of a Labour government. The announcement of a consultation came as Labour published new analysis, which revealed around a third (31%) of health and wellbeing boards have no specific section on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)