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Social Policy Review 18Analysis and debate in social policy, 2006$
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Linda Bauld, Karen Clarke, and Tony Maltby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348449

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.001.0001

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Strategic pragmatism? The state of British housing policy

Strategic pragmatism? The state of British housing policy

(p.65) Four Strategic pragmatism? The state of British housing policy
Social Policy Review 18

Mark Stephens

Deborah Quilgars

Policy Press

This chapter argues that Labour lacks a coherent strategy in relation to housing policy, and that government policy in relation to social housing, home ownership and homelessness is marked by a degree of contradiction and incoherence. It notes that in social housing, as in other areas of social welfare, the role of the local authority has become that of strategic management rather than provision. It further notes that the choice agenda has been pursued through piloting of reform to Housing Benefit, in the form of the Local Housing allowance, which offers a standard payment fixed according to family circumstance and local rents. The chapter explains that the idea is that this offers claimants a ‘choice’ in terms of the quality and quantity of housing they consume (although, in practice, little choice about the provider).

Keywords:   Labour, housing policy, social housing, home ownership and homelessness, social welfare, strategic management, provision, Housing Benefit, Local Housing allowance, choice

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