Family housing (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)
This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at whether new legislation will address the problem of overcrowded family accommodation. A new Housing Bill is about to become law. One of the most significant changes it will make is a redefinition of overcrowding in family homes.
The charity, Shelter, estimates that one in ten children live in overcrowded conditions, which affects their health and well-being and that of their parents. Karen Buck, the MP who is pressing for redefinition of overcrowding visits a single mother and her three children who live in a flat with a single bedroom.
Martha Kearney talks to Professor Anne Power of the LSE about how the new standards of accommodation should be decided.