Black and minority ethnic communities' experience of overcrowding
Author(s): Adrian Jones;
Briefing series: Better Housing Briefing Paper 16
Publisher: Race Equality Foundation
Publication date: August 2010
- Black and minority ethnic communities' experience of overcrowding [258kb PDF]
- Black and minority ethnic communities' experience of overcrowding [22kb TXT]
The issue of overcrowding, how it can be defined and what steps can be can be taken to resolve it, has been recognised as a major, and increasing, problem. This briefing paper examines this issue with a particular focus on the experience of black and minority ethnic communities, considering issues such as the definition of overcrowding; the impact of overcrowding on health and life prospects, and possible solutions to overcrowding.
- The definitions used for 'overcrowding' are out of date
- Overcrowding is a growing problem, especially in the private rented sector
- There are insufficient larger homes to address existing needs
- Overcrowding has negative impacts in terms of health, education and family relationships
- Black and minority ethnic households are more likely than white households to be living in overcrowded conditions – this is particularly the case for Bangladeshi and Black African households
- A number of measures have been identified that could help to address overcrowding.
- What is meant by 'overcrowding'?
- Why is overcrowding increasing?
- The national picture
- Impacts of overcrowding
- Overcrowding and black and minority ethnic households
- Remedial measures