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The Divisive State of Social PolicyThe 'Bedroom Tax', Austerity and Housing Insecurity$
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Kelly Bogue

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350538

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350538.001.0001

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Introduction: the repositioning of social housing and welfare provision

Introduction: the repositioning of social housing and welfare provision

(p.1) 1 Introduction: the repositioning of social housing and welfare provision
(p.i) The Divisive State of Social Policy

Kelly Bogue

Policy Press

This chapter sets out the background and context to the UK’s implementation of austerity measures following the financial crash of 2007/08. It examines the principles underlying the enactment of the Bedroom Tax policy before outlining the new regulations on room restrictions that have been imposed on those claiming housing benefit in the social rented sector. It discusses the controversy surrounding its implementation as well as the ways in which it has impacted different regions of the UK. This chapter also reflects on changes to housing benefit more widely and suggests that we are seeing the return of the ‘housing question’ in post-industrial Britain as austerity policies undermine housing affordability. The final part of this chapter outlines the structure of the book.

Keywords:   Austerity, Welfare reform Act (2012), Financial crisis, Devolved governments

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