Health priorities report finalised

Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore
Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore
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Work to respond to Sheffield health priorities – including substandard private housing – is set to begin.

Improving the conditions of private rented housing, helping people give up smoking and negating the impact of welfare reforms are all areas singled out in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Sheffield’s Health and Wellbeing Board yesterday agreed the final version of the document, which will be used to shape health plans in the future.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: “I think that we do need to sign this off as soon as possible .

“I think it’s really important how we respond to it.

“We do seriously need to get going to respond to it, but also to link it to other evidence that we have.”

The report revealed a quarter of the city’s 35,760 private rented homes had damp, mould, excess cold and overcrowding problems.

Only 55 per cent met the Government’s Decent Homes standard.

The situation was described as one of the ‘biggest challenges’ facing the council.

Yesterday’s meeting also heard that the challenge was exacerbated by welfare reforms, which meant more people were turning to private housing.

It was told that inequality across the city means that people who need services most are unable to access them.

Coun Jackie Drayton added: “ This is one of the major things that have been highlighted over a number of years.”