12,000 crowded or unhealthy homes in south-west

“Thousands of households across the South West are on council housing registers because they’re living in unhealthy or overcrowded properties, figures show.

Nearly 12,000 across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset are on waiting lists because of poor conditions in their current home.

It was a symptom of an urgent need for more affordable homes for rent, as well as a lack of investment in existing properties, experts said.”