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An overview of pre-Thatcherite housing policy

An overview of pre-Thatcherite housing policy

Balchin, Paul (1998) An overview of pre-Thatcherite housing policy. In: Balchin, Paul and Rhoden, Maureen, (eds.) Housing: the essential foundations. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-24. ISBN 978-0415160070 (hardback), 978-0-203-01042-6 (e-book)

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The purpose of this introductory chapter is to provide a review of the evolution of housing policy from the nineteenth century to 1979. It was during this period that present-day housing markets evolved and present-day causes for concern emerged. During the latter years of this period, owner-occupation succeeded private renting as the dominant form of housing tenure, and the number and proportion of local authority dwellings reached its peak, but housing needs were far from satisfied in each of the housing sectors. This chapter specifically examines:

The Victorian origins of housing policy.
The development of housing policy, 1914–39, emphasising rent control and decontrol in the private rented sector, the introduction of housing subsidies in the local authority sector, and the gradual expansion of owner-occupation.
Post-war housing policy, 1945–51, focusing on the extension of rent control and the increase in subsidies to local authority housing.
The ‘consensus years’, 1952–79, reviewing rent decontrol and the introduction of rent regulation, house-building in the local authority sector, private sector rehabilitation, housing associations, and the substantial growth of owner-occupation.
Housing finance reform.
The changing pattern of tenure, 1913–79, and its regional distribution.

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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 poliy, 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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