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Housing allowances in comparative perspective
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Housing allowances in comparative perspective

Peter Kemp

Abstract

Housing allowances have become increasingly important policy instruments in the advanced welfare states. Operating at the interface between housing and social security policy, they provide means-tested assistance with housing costs for low income households. In the present era of fiscal austerity, such schemes are seen by many governments as a more efficient way to help tenants with rent controls or ‘bricks and mortar’ subsidies to landlords. Yet as the contributions to this collection show, housing allowances are not without problems of their own, especially in relation to housing consumption ... More

Keywords: housing allowances, welfare states, fiscal austerity, rent controls, housing consumption, work incentives, social security policy, affordability, reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781861347541
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Kemp, editor