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Conservative housing policy

Peter Somerville

in The Conservative Party and social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424334.003.0007
Conservative housing policy

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This chapter describes the housing policy of the Conservative Party. The Conservative housing policy has continued to be overshadowed by wider debates about welfare reform and the so-called ‘Big Society’, and the relationship of housing to these debates is not entirely clear. The factors that can perhaps explain why the Coalition government has been completely silent about the equity-sharing proposal are explored. The Coalition government's policy now looks very similar to that of the outgoing Labour government's, with a referendum on the neighbourhood plan taking the place of a vote by the parish council. The ‘Big Society’ idea can be understood as a continuation and development of New Labour's emphasis on the third sector, community participation, civil renewal and ‘active citizenship’. It is stated that progressive Conservatism is not quite what it claims to be. The Coalition has no clear strategic role for government in relation to housing policy.

Keywords: Conservative housing policy; Conservative Party; Coalition government; New Labour; Big Society; Conservatism; welfare reform

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