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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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Housing policy in the austerity age and beyond

Housing policy in the austerity age and beyond

(p.63) Four Housing policy in the austerity age and beyond
Social Policy Review 28

Mark Stephens

Adam Stephenson

Policy Press

This chapter charts the radical reorientation of housing policy in the UK that was set in motion by the coalition government elected in 2010 and accelerated by the majority Conservative government elected in 2015. There is a strong tendency to favour home-ownership and worsening financial and regulative conditions for those who are not (yet) capable of buying a home. A variety of financial measures has increased the costs of housing for low incomes, whereas safety measures to protect these groups gradually have been abolished. Moreover, legal reforms with regard to tenure security for new tenants have even further worsened the position of low-income newcomers on the housing market. To conclude: the British housing policy redistributes rights away from low-income groups in favour of other groups.

Keywords:   housing policy, home-ownership, UK, coalition government, tenure security

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