By Peter King

Peter King exhibits how the arguments in favour of principal and native govt regulate of so-called social housing don't withstand shut scrutiny. certainly, the coverage of the present govt could be useless in pursuing the government's personal goals. in its place, Peter King indicates how directing subsidies throughout the shoppers of housing can in achieving greater housing with out political regulate.

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See the discussion on p. 55 above. Rent rebates were offered to council tenants on low incomes. Rent allowances were offered to tenants in the private and housing association sectors. The two systems were brought together into the current housing benefit system in 1982. how we got to where we are 1977, has had the effect of changing the demographic make-up of council tenants, away from a dominance of the affluent working classes and towards those who are economically inactive. The importance of the 1972 Act then, was, first, that it gave government a mechanism with which to control activity, and second, that it saw the start of the move away from object subsidies to subject subsidies.

We can see some similarities here to the government’s Homes for All agenda (ODPM, 2005a), which aims to shift the emphasis towards owning rather than renting by using government subsidies and land to support low-cost owner occupation. Might we therefore argue that the government has learnt the lessons of the Right to Buy and is seeking to extend it in this particular policy? But if this is the case, it poses a dilemma for social housing: can it ever be successful and stay socially owned? Are the most successful policies those that are based on the destruction of the 71 choice and the end of social housing sector, or at best a severe restriction of its role and scope of operations?

Associations, as we have seen in Chapter 1, make much of how they are community based, but there is no formality to this. In fact housing associations are managed by self-selecting groups, advised by consultants from the same cultural milieu (and who are often former senior employees of social landlords), whose policies are driven by the government’s priorities and enacted through Housing Corporation regulation and funding priorities. Their basis in the community is merely a rhetorical trope based on the necessity of conforming to the government’s expectations.

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