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HOUSING REFORMS.

SCANDALOUS REVELATIONS

(Received April 10, 2 p.m.)

LONDON, April .7

In the House of Commons, Dr. Addi T son moved the second reading of the Housing Bill. He stated that over three millions of people were living in overcrowded conditions, of whom ; 758,----000 were in London. The Bill imposed a duty on local authorities to undertake housing schemes, with a Government subsidy on the basis that the local authority was not required to contribute more than produced by the levy of a penny rate. It is estimated that seventy thousand houses are unfit for habitation, and an additional three thousand were seriously defective. A typical slum street in Shoreditch, contained , . .twenty-nine houses, with 16(8 tenants, in which 733 persons were - living. The Health Officer at Finsbury reported that out of 438 sufferers from tuberculosis, 353 were compelled to share a bed or bedroom with others. Uninhabitable houses would be condemned without compensation. Local authorities already contemplated building a hundred thousand houses.

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HOUSING REFORMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9583, 10 April 1919

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HOUSING REFORMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9583, 10 April 1919

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