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The Divisive State of Social Policy: The 'Bedroom Tax', Austerity and Housing Insecurity

Kelly Bogue


Drawing on first person accounts and participant observation, this book looks in-depth at one of the UK government’s most controversial austerity policies, the ‘Bedroom Tax’. Focusing on the lives of 31 people in one neighbourhood, it explores the push and pull factors that structure tenants’ behaviour regarding downsizing to smaller properties within a residualised and stigmatised social housing sector. It highlights the meaning of home and the continuing relevance of community and the tensions created when tenants are faced with the threat of displacement and the concomitant loss of social n ... More

Keywords: Housing precarity, Community, Divisive social policy, Bedroom Tax, Austerity, Advanced marginality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447350538
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Bogue, author
Coventry University