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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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Coalition housing policy in England

Coalition housing policy in England

(p.153) Seven Coalition housing policy in England
The Coalition Government and Social Policy

Peter Somerville

Policy Press

This chapter examines the coalition government’s housing policy. It suggests that in most respects it was largely indistinguishable from Conservative Party policy. The chapter considers the aims of the coalition’s housing policy, including to increase the number of homes, to help people to buy their homes, to transform social renting, improve energy efficiency and reduce the cost of housing benefit. It analyses initiatives such as the New Homes Bonus, Help to Buy and welfare reform, and assesses the extent to which they achieved their aims. The chapter suggests that the housing policies of the coalition government (and its Conservative successor) failed to understand how the housing market works, and in particular how to resolve the difficulties faced by ordinary people in navigating that market.

Keywords:   Coalition government, Conservative government, Housing policy, Housing market, Social housing

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