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SOCIAL EXCLUSION MINISTER MUST TACKLE LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND HOUSING

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Responding to reports that Tony Blair is today due to announce the appointment of a new cabinet minister to combat ...
Responding to reports that Tony Blair is today due to announce the appointment of a new cabinet minister to combat social exclusion, Adam Sampson, Director of Shelter, said:

'Bad housing is a central driver of social exclusion, trapping families and children in a lifelong cycle of poverty.

'With more than one million children growing up in emergency, unfit or overcrowded homes that ruin their health, education and future chances, the first priority for any new social exclusion minister must be to tackle Britain's housing crisis.

'In the long term, the only way to break the cycle of bad housing and social exclusion is to build more homes for those in the greatest need.

'Shelter is calling on the Government to build 60,000 extra social rented homes (1) in England between 2008 -2011, which we estimate could lift 150,000 of our poorest children out of bad housing and give them the chance of a brighter future.'

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