The politics of accessible housing in the UK

Jo Milner and Ruth Madigan

in Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342638
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302582 | DOI:
The politics of accessible housing in the UK

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This chapter begins by charting the developments in housing policy that have shaped the regulatory frameworks for housing quality standards as well as identifying the most significant socioeconomic and environmental influences to impact on access within the context of housing quality and design. It illustrates how within the European house-building industry, significant social and economic indicators have influenced the trend towards deregulation. However, the growth of awareness of disability rights on an international scale, with disabled people increasingly calling for recognition of a model of disability which takes account of the ‘disabling’ effects of social and environmental barriers called for a trend toward reregulation and for new housing to meet the minimal standard of ‘visitability’. Further, the chapter identifies the key factors which led to the repositioning of the formerly discrete concept of ‘accessibility’ into the central debate on the future of housing quality criteria.

Keywords: housing policy; housing quality standards; house-building industry; deregulation; disability rights

Chapter.  8495 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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