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The links between poverty, inadequate or unsuitable housing and ill-health are well-established.  Herefordshire faces a range of challenges associated with housing affordability and the costs associated with maintaining and insulating an aged housing stock with relatively large numbers of properties without mains services.

Key points:

In 2011, there were 78,300 households in Herefordshire, 25,400 in Hereford city, 17,800 in the market towns and 35,200 in rural areas.

Herefordshire has a slightly higher proportion of lone pensioner households, 14 per cent compared to the West Midlands (13 per cent) and England and Wales (12 per cent).

Herefordshire has a higher proportion of households who own their home outright and a lower proportion who own their home with a mortgage, compared with England and Wales. It has a slightly lower proportion that privately rent their home from a landlord or letting agency and a lower proportion that are in social rented accommodation, compared with nationally.

As of May 2015, there were 83,400 residential properties registered for council tax in Herefordshire; of which 39 per cent were in the lowest value bands A and B and 26 per cent were in the highest value bands E to H.  This compares with 44 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively, for England.  There is great variation in the distribution of banding between urban and rural areas.

For general housing enquiries, please use the link to Herefordshire Council's housing department in the 'useful links' box opposite.