After 11 Years Of UK Tory Rule, Where Goes Public Housing?

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The recent record of the Conservative Party in the UK has seen rejuvenation of public housing policies inherited decades earlier from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (To be fair, a fair quantity of these have been supported by intervening Labour governments.)

A number of other “westernized” democracies still embrace Thatcher’s small government neoliberal aspirations. Those concerned with public housing in other countries may well be interested in an analysis from a U.K. law firm. It traces what has taken place over the last eleven Tory years — changes that have generally leaned towards throwing out the baby (a.k.a. the nation’s poorest citizens) with the bathwater.

The result has been a generally unfocused tinkering with an aging vehicle of public housing as it wheezes and puffs up an ever-steepening hill of unaffordable housing.

What has worked? What hasn’t? Where is the jury still out? Is there the slightest hope of reaching the top of the hill before catastrophe?

Read more in LEXOLOGY: 11 years that changed the face of social housing

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