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Fiddling around the edges: mainstream policy responses to the housing crisis since 2016

Robbins, Glyn (2020) Fiddling around the edges: mainstream policy responses to the housing crisis since 2016. Critical Social Policy, 40 (4). pp. 649-661. ISSN 0261-0183

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0261018319897375


Despite widespread recognition that housing is a serious social concern, policy responses have tended to be inadequate. After a brief review of the magnitude of the problem, this paper focuses on recent experience in the UK where, during a period of political volatility, housing has been the subject of significant government interventions, which in turn have provoked noteworthy reactions. However, the paper argues that all current mainstream housing policy proposals are limited by their adherence to the failed market model. Instead, a more radical agenda is proposed which draws on the UK’s successful record of public housing. The paper summarises some of the key Conservative government housing policies since 2016 - including the influence of the Grenfell fire - and discusses the Labour Party’s response. It particularly critiques the policies of London Mayor Sadiq Khan which relegate traditional council housing in favour of more income-targeted provision. A high-profile report by the housing charity Shelter is also considered because of its apparent reluctance to include explicit reference to council housing within its recommendations, at a time when, it is argued, there is renewed interest in non-market housing alternatives.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 09:33
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 22:54

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