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Housing allowances in context

Peter A. Kemp

in Housing allowances in comparative perspective

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302506 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.003.0001
Housing allowances in context

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Most of the advanced welfare states of the world are committed to ensuring that housing is affordable to ordinary citizens. Shelter is not only a necessity, but for most households it is also the largest single item in their budget. For low-income households in particular, the ratio of housing expenditure to income can be high. Governments provide assistance in the form of housing allowances — income-related subsidies tied to housing that are paid to consumers (or directly to landlords on their behalf). This chapter discusses housing allowance schemes, the role of housing allowances, designing housing allowances, housing and labour market disincentives, and fiscal pressures.

Keywords: welfare states; housing expenditure; labour market disincentives; fiscal pressure; housing policy; low-income households

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