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Cramped homes could be keeping children sick for longer

National Housing Federation research reveals that more than one in ten children in England are living in overcrowded homes.

This comes to a total of around 1.3m children from more than 600,000 families, who are stuck in overcrowded conditions because there is nowhere else for them to live.

Overcrowding in England has now reached record levels, as around 96,000 more children are living in overcrowded homes compared to a decade ago.

There are many types of housing need. While attention is understandably often focused on the most extreme forms – including homelessness and, in particular, rough sleeping – there are others, such as overcrowding. These are much less visible and yet impact on a greater number of families and people.