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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 Benefit in Britain: a troubled history and uncertain future

Housing Benefit in Britain: a troubled history and uncertain future

(p.105) six Housing Benefit in Britain: a troubled history and uncertain future
Housing allowances in comparative perspective

Peter A. Kemp

Policy Press

This chapter examines income-related housing allowances in Great Britain, focusing on the largest of these, Housing Benefit. It briefly outlines the housing market and the social security policy context. Subsequent sections discuss the origins and development of Housing Benefit, the design of the current scheme, and its role and impact. The chapter then looks at Income Support for Mortgage Interest. This is followed by a discussion of the reform of Housing Benefit, the problems that reform was or is intended to address and the difficulties involved in attempting to resolve these problems. The chapter then discusses the impact of the new Local Housing Allowance, which is the most significant element of the latest reform. The final section sets out some conclusions.

Keywords:   Great Britain, income-related housing allowances, housing assistance, housing policy, housing market, social security policy, Housing Benefit

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