How can we end inequalities in housing?

Alan Murie

in Tackling inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303633 | DOI:
How can we end inequalities in housing?

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This chapter discusses how inequalities can be ended in the area of housing. While housing is not at the top of New Labour's policy agenda, it has been identified as affecting outcomes in health and education, as well as having an important role in improving employability. The discussion examines how housing is a product and contributory factor in determining inequality, and focuses on how housing issues, such as poor housing conditions, homelessness, and the residualised social-housing sector, are linked to the wider processes of social exclusion. It presents a critical analysis of New Labour's focus on the worst estates and suggests that the focus of social exclusion in terms of the social-housing sector is being made at the expense of housing problems elsewhere.

Keywords: housing problems; housing inequalities; homelessness; health outcomes; social exclusion; social housing

Chapter.  5442 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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