Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition government

Alan Murie

in Social Policy Review 24

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781447304470
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307662 | DOI:
Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition government

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This chapter outlines recent changes in housing policy following the credit crunch after 2007, economic recession and the election of a new government in 2010. It reflects on yet another blueprint for housing within the UK welfare state since 1939. While the approach to housing adopted as part of the Beveridge welfare state was flawed, subsequent changes in housing tenure, housing standards and supply, housing costs, benefit rates and income inequality generated affordability problems and put further strain on the way that the welfare state addressed housing issues. Successive attempts to redesign housing within the welfare state were overtaken by wider developments. Against this background the chapter considers how the most recent policy iteration departs from earlier practice and is likely to leave problems in housing, to increase inequalities in household wealth and increase social and ethnic segregation and the concentration of deprivation.

Keywords: Housing; Welfare State; Coalition Government; Affordability; Housing Benefits

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