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The Divisive State of Social Policy

The ‘Bedroom Tax’, Austerity and Housing Insecurity

Published

11 Sep 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447350538

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

11 Sep 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447350569

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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    The ‘Bedroom Tax’ has been one of the most contentious aspects of the UK government’s austerity politics. In this book Kelly Bogue provides an authoritative assessment of its social impacts.

    Harnessing personal stories from one estate, The Divisive State of Social Policy traces the links between Housing Benefit reforms and inequality. It explores issues related to the Bedroom Tax including housing insecurity, poverty and damage to social networks.

    This is a vivid picture of the sharp end of austerity politics and welfare reform, and gets to the heart of the meanings of home and community in the UK today.

    “Focussing on the so called 'bedroom tax' this book aptly exposes the particularly cruel turn in recent policies directed towards those with the least. The book shows very clearly how grossly damaging, unnecessary and unfair policies can be completely misrepresented as necessary, just and fair.” Tracy Shildrick, Newcastle University

    Kelly Bogue is a Researcher and Postgraduate Tutor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University.

    Introduction: the repositioning of social housing and welfare provision

    Life without state-supported housing

    Living in a state of insecurity

    Social housing insecurity as policy and ideology

    Divisive social policy: the competition for physical and symbolic resources

    Community and belonging

    Housing precarity and advanced marginality in the UK