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Finally, most parties take the UKs housing crisis seriously


Atkinson, R and Jacobs, K, Finally, most parties take the UK's housing crisis seriously, The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Melbourne, 26 November (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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For more than 20 years we have been researching and writing about the downgrading of public housing in the UK. Thankfully, the tide finally appears to be turning.

Government failure can be seen most clearly in the form of homelessness, but the problems are bigger high prices, high rents, housing insecurity and its high toll on mental health, overcrowding, beds in sheds and so on. For decades, financial support for public housing has been cut. Politicians have referred to estates of public housing as "sink" areas, marring the reputations of places and people.

While homelessness and rising prices and rents fill conversations about the housing problems of today, government action has focused on helping existing and new home owners. In the meantime, private landlords reap profits from an insecure, frequently poor quality and high cost sector.

But finally, several British political parties Labour, the Green Party and Liberal Democrats are offering evidence-based and convincing analyses of the problem and pledging to improve non-market housing provision.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:UK election 2019, housing
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:136138
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-12-02
Last Modified:2019-12-20

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