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Social Policy Review 24Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012$
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Majella Kilkey and Gaby Ramia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304470

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304470.001.0001

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Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition government

Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition government

(p.55) Three Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition government
Social Policy Review 24

Alan Murie

Policy Press

This chapter outlines recent changes in housing policy following the credit crunch after 2007, economic recession and the election of a new government in 2010. It reflects on yet another blueprint for housing within the UK welfare state since 1939. While the approach to housing adopted as part of the Beveridge welfare state was flawed, subsequent changes in housing tenure, housing standards and supply, housing costs, benefit rates and income inequality generated affordability problems and put further strain on the way that the welfare state addressed housing issues. Successive attempts to redesign housing within the welfare state were overtaken by wider developments. Against this background the chapter considers how the most recent policy iteration departs from earlier practice and is likely to leave problems in housing, to increase inequalities in household wealth and increase social and ethnic segregation and the concentration of deprivation.

Keywords:   Housing, Welfare State, Coalition Government, Affordability, Housing Benefits

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