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Planning Health Places provides a snapshot of how local authorities (working with partners) are managing their acquired responsibilities for public health, planning and related disciplines such as housing, transport planning and regeneration in the ‘new world’. It draws on external research and roundtables from eight case study areas to produce both findings and recommendations at local and national levels. This item should be of interest to those involved in the commissioning of and provision of services related to housing, planning, environment/green spaces and associated public health fields.

The fund was once again universally well received. Innovative approaches to reducing cold related mortality and morbidity were highlighted. The populations targeted this year were broader than last year’s fund. Partnership working continued to be strengthened and was considered key to successful delivery. Barriers and challenges to delivery were identified including engagement with healthcare professionals, which continued to be a major barrier to reaching those most vulnerable to the effects of cold. Lack of year round funding continues to challenge development of these projects.

You can download the report by clicking here: http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1317140133913

The Bolton Quick Fuel Poverty Questionnaire is a brief, easy to complete questionnaire to measure fuel poverty as defined by the Low Income High Cost definition. Attached are a report looking at the development as well as the questionnaire. This should be a must read for all those involved in commissioning and provision of affordable warmth services.

Putting People into Personalisation: Relational approaches to social care and housing, argues that social care needs a radical shake up to ensure genuine choice and empowerment for older people. Although not policy, it does present interesting ideas and discussion points for those involved in the commissioning of services to older people and/or housing. The green paper is attached below, and the website can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/5LNFV3

Other Bolton's Health Matters Knowledge Hub resources of relevance:

A prestention regarding the 2006 Older Persons' Housing Needs Survey undertaken by Bolton Council and partners. This resource contains a vast amount of demographics and data on older people and housing including a geographical layout, housing type, housing support needs, future property plans etc. This resource will be of interest to anyone looking at older people and housing, as well as possible future care needs of vulnerable people. 

This is the JSNA Indicator Sheet from the People and Places section. JSNA Indicator Sheets summarise the current position and recent trends for Bolton, comparators to Bolton, and inequalities across population groups and geographical areas of Bolton.

Headlines

 

  • Bolton has a similar proportion of non-decent households to the average for England;
  • In Bolton, non-decency is concentrated in the central and typically more deprived Wards;
  • This concentration is in part due to the large proportion of terraced housing in these areas of Bolton;
  • The proportion of vulnerable people in non-decent housing is also higher in the more deprived Wards;
  • The most frequently occurring hazard is excess cold.

 

This is the JSNA Indicator Sheet from the People and Places section. JSNA Indicator Sheets summarise the current position and recent trends for Bolton, comparators to Bolton, and inequalities across population groups and geographical areas of Bolton.

Headlines

 

  • Over half (55%) of all overcrowded households in Bolton are of BME origin;
  • The Housing Market Area of Rumworth & Great Lever has a considerably higher rate of overcrowding than other areas of Bolton;
  • The most popular adaptations in Bolton are those to assist in the use of or that mitigate the use of the stairs;
  • The number of households in temporary accommodation shows an increase over 2010/11;
  • However, Bolton has a relatively low rate of statutory homeless households. 

The main aim of this report is to bring together evidence on whether improved housing can help improve health by synthesising findings from a variety of studies and different sources. From interviews with housing and health professionals the report also provides insight into how the existing housing and health evidence base is perceived and used. Using the evidence gathered from the review and interviews, the report makes recommendations for future housing improvement and health studies and suggests how evidence on housing and health could be more effectively packaged and communicated to practitioners.

This report reviews the existing evidence of the direct and indirect health impacts suffered by those living in fuel poverty and cold housing. It makes the case for aligning the environmental and health agendas and reviews the evidence on the health benefits of reducing fuel poverty and improving the thermal efficiency of the existing housing stock.

Report presenting the results of research exploring the impact of demographic change on housing, health, and social care in the North of England. Data is provided at a local authrity level.

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