Handbook on Society and Social Policy
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Handbook on Society and Social Policy

Edited by Nicholas Ellison and Tina Haux

This comprehensive Handbook provides a unique overview of the key issues and challenges facing society and social policy in the twenty-first century, discussing how welfare is conceptualised, organised and delivered in contemporary global society. Chapters engage with specific areas of social policy as well as with the social divisions and institutional infrastructures that underpin them. The Handbook also considers how social policy should respond to the challenges posed by austerity, human migration and the climate crisis.
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Chapter 25: Housing policy

Nicholas Pleace


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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