Against the Odds

By: Becky Rice  Published: November 2006

This report presents the findings of a major investigation into what it means to be a child living in bad housing. Carried out between April and August 2006, the investigation looked at the impact of bad housing on children, comparing the lives and life chances of children on either side of Britain’s housing divide.


The findings reveal the huge disparity between the lives of children who live in bad housing and those of children who do not. New statistics demonstrate the extent of the disadvantage to children of living in homes that are overcrowded or dilapidated, or of not having a permanent home at all. Children living in these conditions describe in their own words the impact their housing problems are having on their lives. New figures about the number of children living in bad housing reveal the scale of the problem – one in seven children in Britain today is living in bad housing.


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