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.
The Divisive State of Social Policy traces the links between housing resources and societal tensions by looking closely at one housing estate. The book explores issues related to Housing Benefit reform, including housing precarity, poverty and damage to social networks.
This is a vivid picture of the sharp end of austerity politics and welfare reform, and it 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
‘’Based on the research the author undertook for her Ph.D. thesis on the effects of the ‘bedroom tax’…this book is an example of precisely the kind of subject for which qualitative research is so important.’’ Citizen’s Basic Income
“This is a very good book, skilfully illustrating how ‘social tenants’ are part of the ‘precariat’ experiencing a life without predictability or security in intermittent, low paid work. All in all, the ‘bedroom tax’ was just another brick in the wall.” Journal of Social Policy
"Eminently relevant to those interested in critical social policy analysis. While Bogue is primarily writing about the implications of the Bedroom Tax on social housing residents, her argumentation is far broader and provides and insightful critique on normalised precarity as part of a neoliberal regime." Critical Social Policy
Kelly Bogue is a Research Associate and Postgraduate Research 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