Briefing paper 26: relocating or remaining

Monday 29 February 2016

This paper looks at the question of whether circumstances of area regeneration can drive changes in health behaviours. The key findings were:

  • Relocation from demolition areas to nearby neighbourhoods did not lead to better health behaviours in the short-to-medium term.
  • Health behaviours were better among people living through regeneration than those in residentially stable areas.
  • Internal home conditions were positively associated with smoking, drinking and diet.
  • Neighbourhood conditions are inconsistently associated with health behaviours.
  • Having educational qualifications and being in work have strong positive associations with healthy behaviours.