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June 1, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(22):1875-1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700480065021

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Housing and Town Planning  The National and Town Planning Council decided, in view of statements that in spite of the building of 1,200,000 houses since the war the slum problem showed little alleviation, to set up a committee to "investigate and report upon the problem in all its phases, with special reference to the housing of the lowest-paid workers." The committee has just issued its report. The conclusion is that on the basis of one and a half persons to a room, a fourth of the population of England and Wales is living in overcrowded conditions, but that "until a better system of measuring overcrowding is adopted it will not be possible to arrive at a true estimate of the facts. In Scotland, where the standard of housing is lower, and the one and two roomed 'house' is common, overcrowding is much worse than in England and Wales." The committee

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