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