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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2000): Social Housing - Overseas

FROM WELFARE HOUSING TO HOME OWNERSHIP: THE DILEMMA OF CHINA'S HOUSING REFORM

J. Lee

Housing studies, vol. 15, no. 1, 2000, p. 61-76

The Chinese housing reform has facilitated a major mobilisation of resources in housing investment in the last two decades. The reform process has at the same time generated more uneven distribution and greater inequality in terms of housing allocation and access. The paper questions both the underlying values of newly created housing reform institutions such as the Housing Provident Fund and the housing monetarisation policy. China is now facing a dilemma on the question: how much housing should the state provide and how much individuals should be responsible for themselves.

HOUSING POLICY IN THE 1990s - NEW ZEALAND A DECADE OF CHANGE

D. C. Thomas

Housing studies, vol. 15. no. 1, 2000, p. 129-138

During the 1990s a radical restructuring of both the public institutions and instruments designed to deliver housing assistance has taken place in New Zealand. There has been a shift from a mixture of direct provisions and housing benefits supplied by the state, towards a more indirect system of income supplementation. The paper discusses both the nature of the reforms and this impact upon the housing opportunities of low income households. It also assesses whether the reforms have created greater choice and increased or decreased housing-related poverty.

LET'S GO DUTCH

N. Valios

Community Care, no. 1308, 2000, p. 26

Reports on developments in provision of sheltered housing for older people in Holland, Bruges and Lille.

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