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Interest in the Housing Health Cost Calculator Continues to Grow
Almost half the local authorities in England are now using the Housing Health Cost Calculator pioneered by the Building Research Establishment. The tool calculates the savings to the NHS and society in general of local authority interventions under the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme and it now has 170 UK councils registered.
Total savings to society as a result of local authority interventions have risen to almost £2.4 million so far with 75% of that figure associated with mitigation of excess cold hazards. The tool contains a full breakdown of figures for all hazards in England with subscribers able to see their own contribution to the figures.
Viv Mason from BRE who pioneered the system has noticed a recent increase in subscribers as she explained; “Several local authorities have subscribed so they can measure their contribution this financial year. One council I know of is including officer enforcement time as a cost of work to help measure the full cost benefit.”
Improvements to the calculator are currently under development including a new upload spread sheet to make up loading of bulk data easier. The BRE are keen to find out how existing subscribers are using the results so they can continue to demonstrate the importance of housing conditions to public health.
You can view the Housing Health Cost Calculator here.