So what is the Living Home Standard?


This week Shelter launched a new idea called the Living Home Standard’ (LHS) which it has created from an Ipsos MORI poll to find out “what an acceptable home should provide” and then assessed whether homes are achieving them or not.

The idea, from what I can gather, is to have something similar to the living wage idea, which I wholly support.

However, there is a big difference in that the Living Home Standard’ has been created by the public – so it’s more of a ‘wish and a wants list’ – whereas the living wage is set by the Living Wage Foundation and calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

So what is the Living Home Standard?
Shelter state that the LHS “represents the first definition of what home means that has been defined by the public, for the public.” It provides a framework of what the nation believes an acceptable home should give to people and how the places we live should function in order for us to have a firm footing in life.


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