Schools, healthcare and housing: are we becoming overcrowded?


The potential overcrowding of public services and social infrastructure like schools, healthcare and housing has always been a major political and public concern and continues to be so. If demand rises and supply does not, people will find access to services more difficult, leading to longer waiting times, less space, or worsening overall service. To find out if Britain is becoming overcrowded we try to answer the following questions: are school classes really getting larger? Are waiting times for elective care and emergency services in the NHS becoming longer? Is the housing stock getting more or less crowded?

You can find the answers to these questions in our report: CSI 6: Overcrowding