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Housing Politics in the United KingdomPower, Planning and Protest$
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Brian Lund

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327073

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327073.001.0001

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A property-owning democracy?

A property-owning democracy?

(p.117) Five A property-owning democracy?
Housing Politics in the United Kingdom

Brian Lund

Policy Press

This chapter explores the political fortunes of the Conservative Party’s quest to create a property-owning democracy. It examines Stanley Baldwin’s support for the owner-occupation dimension of Noel Skelton’s property-owning democracy idea to win the votes of the working class elite and how this was reflected in building society endorsement and suburban values. The politics of homeownership are charted with particular reference to Labour party leadership’s endorsement of homeownership and internal party divisions on the role of tax relief on mortgage interest in supporting owner-occupation. The politics of boom/bust house price fluctuations are charted. Right to Buy politics are examined as are the attempts of the Coalition government and the 2015 Conservative to revive homeownership as private landlordism continued to grow.

Keywords:   property-owning democracy, tax relief, building society, Noel Skelton, right to buy, suburban

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