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According to the Department of Health, more than Au850 million is spent by the NHS each year as a result of the impact of cold housing on people's health.
We see a red hot trading sector and a frigidly cold housing sector, and in the middle are the consumers -- and consumer actions will determine whether we have a recession or a simply a slow-down.
Professor Sian Griffiths, president of the Faculty of Public Health, which sets and maintains professional standards in public health, said: "A high proportion of preventable illness and deaths in the UK is caused by people living in damp and cold housing.