Restructuring England's social housing sector since 1989: Undermining or underpinning the fundamentals of public housing?

Hal Pawson

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    Abstract

    Twenty-five years ago, social housing accounted for almost one-third of England's entire housing stock. Since then, mainly because the sales to sitting tenants and demolitions have exceeded new construction, the sector has contracted substantially. However, at the same time, and particularly in the period since 1989, the sector has been undergoing far-reaching restructuring. This paper charts this process focusing, in particular, on developments under the Blair administrations since 1997. The paper discusses the external pressures experienced by social landlords over this period. Such pressures are differentiated between those emanating from central government policy initiatives on the one hand, and from changing housing market conditions on the other. The paper then goes on to analyse the evolving structure of the sector post-1997, the processes that have contributed to this, and the impacts that have resulted.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)767-783
    Number of pages17
    JournalHousing Studies
    Volume21
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

    Keywords

    • New Labour
    • Privatisation
    • Social housing

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