New Zealand Labour Party

70% of families in cold, damp homes powerless to fix them

Shocking new figures out today show 70 per cent of the families living in cold, damp homes are powerless to make improvements because they are in rental properties, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“The 2016 Household Incomes Report highlights how many New Zealand children are living in substandard housing. It found 110,000 are in damp and mouldy homes, 140,000 are in cold homes and 75,000 are in homes that are both cold and mouldy.

“About 42,000 children a year are hospitalised because of poor quality housing, and tragically 15 of them will die. Many of those hospitalised with respiratory illnesses will experience life-long health implications.

“This report also shows that of those reporting major problems with their homes, 45 per cent are in private rentals and 25 per cent in Housing NZ homes. This raises serious questions about the Government’s claim they have retrofitted insulation in all but 3000 state houses.

“This year’s Household Incomes Report shows why the Government should support Labour Leader Andrew Little’s Member’s Bill to ensure all homes are insulated and have a heating source. National should adopt the Healthy Homes Bill as a Government bill because it will improve the health of our children,” Phil Twyford says.