Funding incentives, disincentives and vulnerabilities in the Irish council housing sector

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Title: Funding incentives, disincentives and vulnerabilities in the Irish council housing sector
Authors: Norris, MichelleHayden, Aideen
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Date: 21-Jan-2020
Online since: 2020-09-15T13:38:15Z
Abstract: This article examines the incentives and vulnerabilities generated by arrangements for funding local government-provided social housing in Ireland (aka council housing). These arrangements are unusual in a Western European context because the capital costs of providing this housing are almost entirely covered by central government grants, rather than non-governmental debt finance as is the norm elsewhere. Furthermore, no housing allowances are provided to council tenants in Ireland; rather affordability is ensured by charging rents which are linked (progressively) to tenants’ incomes. Although the character and development of Irish council housing has of course been shaped by macro level political, ideological, social and economic factors, the argument offered here is that funding arrangements have also exerted a strong independent influence. These arrangements render Irish council housing more vulnerable to retrenchment and residualization than the social housing funding arrangements used in most other Western European countries.
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: University College Dublin Foundation CLG
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Housing Studies
Start page: 1
End page: 21
Copyright (published version): 2020 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: Social housingHousing financeIrelandResidualisationSocial housing managementSocial housing tenants
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1707781
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0267-3037
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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