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Equal opportunities and housing

Equal opportunities and housing

Rhoden, Maureen (1998) Equal opportunities and housing. In: Balchin, Paul and Rhoden, Maureen, (eds.) Housing: the essential foundations. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 107-121. ISBN 978-0415160070 (hardback), 978-0-203-01042-6 (e-book)

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The elderly do not have any legislation to protect them but have to endure the disadvantages which can restrict their access to good-quality services such as housing and health. Since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976, there has been a range of studies (see Commission for Racial Equality, 1984, 1988, 1989a, 1989b; Greater London Council, 1986; Rao, 1990; and Sexty, 1990) which have served to highlight the fact that women and black and ethnic minority people still encounter discrimination in terms of access to areas of provision such as housing. There is also evidence to suggest that there is a strong link between ill-health and poor housing.

The purpose of this chapter, therefore, is to focus on how the elderly, single women, black and ethnic minority households and the sick are often disadvantaged in housing markets in terms of choice, access and affordability, and to review public policy response. Specifically, the chapter examines:

The elderly in relation to:

Household formation.
Housing tenure and housing condition.
Household incomes and wealth.
Staying put or moving into alternative accommodation.

Women in relation to:

Home ownership.
The family home after divorce or separation.

Black and ethnic minority households in relation to:

Home ownership.
Housing association tenure.
The local authority rented sector.

Health and housing:

Health and housing tenure.
Health and poor living conditions.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Other University of Greenwich staff have authored chapters in this book. List of contributors: Paul Balchin, Gregory Bull, David Isaac, Maureen Rhoden, John O'Leary, Jane Weldon, Pauline Forrester, Mark Pawlowski, R.Shean McConnell [2] Available as an e-book in MyiLibrary:
Uncontrolled Keywords: housing policy, housing finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Sustainable Environments Research Group
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