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The rural housing questionCommunity and planning in Britain's countrysides$
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Madhu Satsangi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423856

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.001.0001

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Social renting

Social renting

Chapter:
(p.155) Fourteen Social renting
Source:
The rural housing question
Author(s):

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.003.0014

Renewed support for direct housing provision by local authorities has been gaining a new momentum in policy and academic circles on the early years of this century. In the rural context, having a wider variety of mechanisms available is crucial not only in attempting to lever a higher rate of non-market housing into communities but also in providing alternative means of overcoming the inherent difficulties of developing affordable housing in such localities. Despite post-1990s' policy exhorting a range of social rented and intermediate options in developments, such intermediate housing products seemed to have a very limited presence in smaller settlements. Moreover, a narrow focus on home ownership in national policies barely extended feasible and practical housing options for people on lower incomes in rural localities. In addition, falling prices do not necessarily ease affordability problems. This chapter discusses the issue of housing affordability and the net need for low-cost housing in order to provide a context for the discussion on the role of social rented accommodation in rural localities. It focuses on social renting which has and continues to play a crucial role for groups with low incomes.

Keywords:   direct housing provision, affordable housing, home ownership, low income groups, social renting

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