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Housing allowances in the Netherlands: the struggle for budgetary controllability

Hugo Priemus and Marja Elsinga

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/9781861347541.003.0009
Housing allowances in the Netherlands: the struggle for budgetary controllability

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This chapter addresses the following question: how does the housing allowance scheme operate in the Netherlands, balancing between the goals of affordability and housing quality and the need to control public budgets? It considers the role of housing allowances in Dutch housing policy and sketches how housing allowances have captured a prominent place in this policy. It discusses the development of housing allowances and the affordability of housing in the period from 1975 to 2002. The chapter then describes a number of problems and the political answers in the Netherlands. The subsequent section outlines developments and current dilemmas, and presents a number of conclusions and recommendations.

Keywords: housing assistance; housing policy; housing quality; housing affordability

Chapter.  8969 words.  Illustrated.

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