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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect on his Department's policies on peoples health of the recommendations in the Report, Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings, published on 24 October 2018 by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Healthy Homes and Building.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) work with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and (b) establish a cross-departmental committee on health and buildings.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department welcomes the All Party Parliamentary Group’s report, and we know that a high-quality, safe, and suitable home can help people stay independent and healthy for longer, and reduce health and social care costs. The Department works across Government, including with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, on many of the issues highlighted in the report.

Both Departments are signatories to the ‘Health through the Home’ Memorandum of Understanding with Public Health England (PHE). A refreshed version, which emphasises the importance of housing in supporting people’s health, was published by PHE in March 2018. It can be found at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-health-and-care-through-the-home-mou

PHE also recognises the importance of indoor environmental quality (indoor air quality, noise, overheating and ventilation) on human health and wellbeing, and the need for a holistic approach. Further information is available in PHE’s resources on homes and health, available at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-for-health

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