Edited by Nicholas Ellison and Tina Haux
Chapter 25: Housing policy
Housing policy is linked to social policy at many levels. However, housing policy also has multiple objectives and is not necessarily primarily designed to support social policy goals, meaning issues with coordination between housing and social policy can stem from differing agendas. Tensions between housing and economic policy designed to facilitate owner occupation and private renting and a strategic failure to meet the housing needs of low income and vulnerable people are longstanding, particularly in areas with highly pressured housing markets. From a social policy perspective, failure to provide enough affordable, adequate homes has the potential to undermine the effectiveness of social care and welfare policy, as well as having potentially negative impacts on public health. Successful attempts to improve supply of adequate, affordable housing have the potential to enhance social policy outcomes and create wider benefits, raising questions about whether significant government investment in social housing should be restarted.
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