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Young Adults’ Transitions to Residential Independence in the UK: The Role of Social and Housing Policy

  • Ann Berrington
  • Juliet Stone
Part of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (RECOWE)

Abstract

This chapter examines UK young adults’ housing transitions, particularly leaving the parental home, and explores the ways in which these may have been shaped by government social and housing policies. Housing remains an important welfare service in the UK, but is distinctive in the coexistence of a large and enduring private housing market (Malpass, 2004). Housing has arguably moved further away from the core welfare state as a result of the mass privatisation of council housing which began in the early 1980s and a lack of sufficient new social housing (Forrest and Murie, 1983; Malpass, 2004). Access to social housing is increasingly difficult for young, particularly single, adults (Anderson, 1999), who increasingly look to the private rented sector (PRS) for accommodation during the early phases of the life-course. The role of the welfare state has thus shifted from the provision of council housing to the subsidisation of private rents via welfare benefits (Murie, 2012).

Keywords

Living Arrangement Social Housing Housing Policy Parental Home Labour Force Survey 
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