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Housing allowances in comparative perspective$
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Peter Kemp

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347541

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.001.0001

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Housing allowances in Germany

Housing allowances in Germany

(p.158) (p.159) eight Housing allowances in Germany
Housing allowances in comparative perspective

Stefan Kofner

Policy Press

Housing allowances (Wohngeld in German) come into play whenever income is insufficient to enable the household to obtain accommodation that meets a minimum housing standard. As a tied income transfer, it is an incentive towards a higher individual housing consumption. Housing allowances are widely seen in Germany as a relatively market-conforming instrument of social policy with the ability to act as a substitute for an important part of the social housing programme. This chapter presents a brief history of Wohngeld. It then discusses the calculation of entitlement to Wohngeld, allowances for homeowners, housing assistance for social security benefit recipients, and the impact of housing allowances. This is followed by a review of policy debates and reform.

Keywords:   housing assistance, housing policy, Wohngeld, social housing programmes

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