As the news of the death of the toddler, above, in Rochdale spread, BBC Scotland’s intrepid reporters will have thought:
Hey Scotland is colder and wetter, we must have had mould deaths too!
Try searching for ‘Scotland mould death‘ and you get the Rochdale case but only ‘warnings’ and ‘fears’ from the Express and the Courier.
BBC Scotland are quick to react with the sneakily worded:
Sensors detect damp and mould in Glasgow social housing
No surprise, it’s not about the level of damp and mould but a story about a new technology to detect it being installed in housing. The headline does its dirty work though.
After making heavy use of the tragic Rochdale case, they write:
A report by the Fraser of Allander Institute this week highlighted damp and overcrowded accommodation as a factor in the dramatic stalling of improvements in living standards in Scotland.
Previous housing condition surveys in Scotland had shown a decrease in the number of properties reporting issues with damp conditions over the past decade, but suggested that lower income households were still the worst affected.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-63662644
What does the FOA report actually tell us?
Overall, the incidence of damp in Scottish homes has fallen from 54% in 2012 to 43% in 2019.
Amongst the poorest it has fallen from 65% to 43%
The gap between the levels for the poorest and the most affluent has narrowed from 12% to 8%
The incidence of mould, too, has fallen from 12% to 9%
Among the poorest it has fallen from 16% top 12%
The gap between the levels for the poorest and the most affluent has narrowed slightly from 8% to 7%
Note: The presence of mould being reported does not always mean at the level revealed in the house in Rochdale.
Finally a wee bit of whitabootery, or as posh former rugby player, might shout at a senior civil servant:
‘Sheila! Sheila! Sheila! That’s whataboutery!
New [UK] research has revealed that almost two thirds (62%) of people claim to have had an issue with mould in their home at least once, with conditions in the home the most common reason for the spread of mould.https://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/mouldy-nation-report/
62% compared with 9%? Maybe problems with comparing these data but from the same report:
Counter-intuitive? Higher building control standards in colder wetter Scotland?