Thatcherism and Housing Policy
This commentary argues that there were two main waves of housing policy innovation under Mrs Thatcher. The first focused on extending home ownership, particularly via the new right to buy that enabled council tenants to buy their home at a large discount from its market value. For Thatcherism, home ownership was self-evidently an unalloyed good and an almost virtuous state; and, as such, was in sharp contrast to the perceived serfdom of council tenancies. But if some tenants could not afford, or did not want, to buy their home, other buyers would have to be found. Accordingly, the second wave of policy innovation centred on the demunicipalization of rental housing. This mainly took place via large-scale stock transfers of council housing to new housing associations. The transfer of large swathes of council housing to new landlords ranks alongside the right to buy as Thatcherism’s most lasting achievements in housing policy.
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