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Stoke Newington 1935

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stoke Newington, The Metropolitan Borough]

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Table 2.

Table 2.

Where the floor area of a room is:—The permitted number is:—
(a) 110 sq. ft. or more2 Persons.
(b) 90 sq. ft. or more, but less than 110 sq. ft.1½ „
(c) 70 sq. ft. or more, but less than 90 sq. ft.1 „
(d) 50 sq. ft. or more, but less than 70 sq. ft.½ „
(e) Under 50 sq. ft.Nil.

In applying these standards it must be noted that :
(1) Children over 1 year of age and under 10 years are reckoned
as ½ a person.
(2) Children under 1 year of age are not counted at all.
(3) Rooms under 50 sq. ft. are not counted as rooms.
(4) Only rooms normally used in the locality as living or
sleeping rooms are counted as rooms. (This excludes
bathrooms, sculleries, etc.).
The Survey.
The survey was carried out in two portions. First, a preliminary
enumeration of the houses concerned was made and the
information to complete Form A was obtained. Upon applying
Table 1 to these results, it was possible to divide the information
into three groups, as follows:—
(i) Families not overcrowded.
(ii) Families definitely overcrowded
(iii) Families who though not overcrowded when regard is
had solely to the number of rooms in accordance with
Table 1, may possibly be overcrowded when Table 2,
which takes account of the size of rooms, is applied.