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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2004): Social Housing - UK

INJUSTICES OF ENGAGEMENT: ISSUES IN HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENTS WITH MINORITY ETHNIC COMMUNITIES

B. Temple and A. Steele

Housing Studies, vol.19, 2004, p.541-556

The report concludes that the majority of housing needs assessments are service provider led and based on an undifferentiated view of minority ethnic communities. Any service developments which arise from the findings of such studies are invariably only appropriate to particular groups and sections within the communities. Even where studies have recognised and incorporated the diversity of minority ethnic communities, their lack of involvement in defining the research agenda at the outset means that their representatives can only "tinker around the edges". Without such meaningful participation, the opportunity is missed to ensure that the issues under investigation, the concepts and language used are culturally relevant to all community groups.

SACRED COWS, RATIONAL DEBATES AND THE POLITICS OF THE RIGHT TO BUY AFTER DEVOLUTION

R. Goodlad and R. Atkinson

Housing Studies, vol.19, 2004, p.447-463

By 2001, over two million social rented dwellings had been sold to sitting tenants under the Right to Buy scheme, representing one third of the total social housing stock. However, reforms to the Right to Buy since 1997 have reduced discounts and circumscribed the conditions surrounding purchase, for example, by restricting eligibility criteria. Paper seeks to explain the origins and dynamics of the new tensions within the Right to Buy policy. It applies a historical institutionalist approach to the restructuring of the social rented sector to suggest explanations of the new turbulence surrounding the Right to Buy.

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