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'Substandard housing costs extra £10m in visits to GPs'

Using substandard temporary accommodation to house homeless people costs £10 million a year in extra visits to GPs because of increased health problems, a report by the charity Shelter claims.

The 'Living in Limbo' report found more than half of people in temporary accommodation said their health or their family's had suffered due to their poor-quality housing.

The survey of over 400 families in temporary hostels, houses, flats or bed and breakfast accommodation found more than three-quarters of people had a specific health problem.

Half said they were suffering from depression.

Two-thirds of respondents said their children had

problems at school, and

nearly half described their children as unhappy or depressed.

People who had been living in temporary accommodation for more than a year were twice as likely to report that their health was suffering as people who had been living there for less than three months.

Shelter called on the Government to make a 'serious investment' in affordable housing a top priority.

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