Saturday, 28 December 2013

Damp and mould reports in social housing soar

Experts have blamed the rise in reports of condensation dampness on increased poverty and rising energy bills. Condensation dampness is seen as a major public health risk because it can exacerbate respiratory diseases such as asthma and is a particular problem in northern England and rural areas where social housing tenants have been hit worst by welfare reform policies. Aragon housing association, which has 6,500 properties in mainly rural central Bedfordshire, discovered reports of damp and mould have more than tripled over the past year. Aragon’s managing director, Aileen Evans, said: "This is about poverty. It is not about a malfunctioning technical component; it is about people who cannot afford to use their heating system. These tenants are choosing not to heat." The Guardian, Page: 27

1 comment:

  1. I would have thought less heating would mean less water vapour in the air, and LESS condensation, not more.