Housing is an important element in the physical and social fabric of any society. It shelters the population, it is the single biggest non-agricultural land-user, a source of conflict, an arena for political debate and an important sector of the national economy. In this chapter I want to touch upon some of the specific issues in examining three general aspects of housing in Britain: the nature of the housing stock, the operation of the housing market, and the broad outlines of recent housing policies.
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