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Reviving Local Authority Housing DeliveryChallenging Austerity Through Municipal Entrepreneurialism$
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Janice Morphet and Ben Clifford

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447355748

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447355748.001.0001

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Local government, housing and planning in the UK: a history

Local government, housing and planning in the UK: a history

(p.33) Two Local government, housing and planning in the UK: a history
Reviving Local Authority Housing Delivery

Janice Morphet

Ben Clifford

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the role and history of local government in the United Kingdom, which are inextricably linked with housing provision and delivery in its administrative areas. It reviews the period since 1980 wherein the local government's housing role was lessened and almost removed, particularly in England. It also explains the intentional changes in the perceived level of strength of the local government through the removal of the housing function in order to reduce the centrality of its relationship to its community and its local spending power. The chapter mentions former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who intended to undermine the local government's core support from Labour voters. It explains the history of the provision of the local authority that demonstrates how it has always been a contractual relationship offered by the government.

Keywords:   UK local government, housing role, Margaret Thatcher, local authority, contractual relationship, housing delivery, housing provision

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