The Divisive State of Social Policy: The 'Bedroom Tax', Austerity and Housing Insecurity

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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.

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages195
ISBN (Electronic)978-1447350569
ISBN (Print)978-1447350538
Publication statusPublished - 2019



  • Bedroom Tax
  • Austerity
  • Housing precarity
  • Urban Marginality
  • Social housing
  • Social division

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