The UK housing system has been described as being in ‘crisis’, but suddenly in 2020 homes were on the COVID-19 frontline, used for shielding, isolating and care. Most were used by more people, for more hours, for more activities. Many households were cut off from normal services and contacts, and many lost the means to pay for their homes. Millions of infections occurred at home, and inequalities in household type, housing space, cost and tenure contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic.
This book brings together a wealth of data, individual testimony and analysis, in one convenient resource for students, scholars and practitioners.
“Housing (and home) has been at the heart of lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. This valuable and timely analysis examines the connections between housing and the pandemic, and the uneven impacts COVID-19 has had on different households and communities in the UK.” Bob Smith, Cardiff University
“A detailed exploration of how one of the 5 giants of the welfare state – housing – was impacted during the COVID pandemic, and what could be done to build resilience especially for the most vulnerable. Tunstall has ably filled a gap to help us ‘build back better’.” Jennifer Dixon, The Health Foundation
“An astonishingly detailed record of the relationship between housing, home and the pandemic in the UK, full of insight, understanding and compassion. Everyone in the housing policy world should read it - especially those concerned with planning for the next pandemic.” Professor Sir Julian Le Grand, London School of Economics
Becky Tunstall is Professor Emerita of Housing Policy at the University of York.
1. COVID-19, housing and home
2. UK households and homes before the pandemic
3. The pandemic and pandemic policy in the UK
4. People, households and time at home in the pandemic
5. The role of household and home in COVID-19 infection and death
6. Being vulnerable or ill at home in the pandemic
7. The impact of COVID-19 and COVID-19 policy on incomes, housing costs and housing security
8. The impact of COVID-19 and COVID-19 policy on the housing market
9. Summary and conclusions