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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2006): Social housing - UK

End game

J. Birch

Roof, July/Aug. 2006, p.24-26

About 100 local authorities have rejected the government’s preferred options of transferring their housing stock to a registered social landlord or forming an arm’s length management organisation (ALMO). They are now faced with the challenge of improving their stock to meet the government’s decent homes target by 2010 from their own resources without any extra national government funding.

(See also Roof, July/Aug. 2006, p.41)

Space to grow

M. Gove

Roof, July/Aug. 2006, p.9

One of the main factors preventing children and young adults from fulfilling their potential is overcrowded housing. The Conservative Party is developing plans to tackle the problems of overcrowding and undersupply.

To own or not to own?

S. Sodha

Roof, July/Aug. 2006, p.42-43

The government is investing almost £1bn in shared ownership schemes to help people get a foot on the property ladder. The author argues that this level of public funding is unjustified. There is no evidence that home ownership benefits the community or the individual or closes the wealth gap between rich and poor.

You can go your own way

N. Merrick

Public Finance, June 16th-22nd 2006, p.24-25

About 100 local authorities have told the Department for Communities and Local Government that they have the funds to bring their housing up to standard without resorting to stock transfer, an Almo or a Private Finance Initiative. They will be making a case for traditional local authority housing through a new organisation, the Association for Retained Council Housing (Arch).

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