Originally published in 1987, this book provides a comprehensive history of housing policy in Britain from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1970s. For every period the author gives a detailed account of the housing situation in which policies operated, the policies pursued and their rationale. Owner-occupation and privately rented housing are fully discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on the financial and economic aspects of housing policy, including the impact on it of the economic situation. Issues such as population growth and the increase in the number of households are also examined.
Table of Contents
1. Scope and Coverage of a History of Public Policy and Housing 2. The pre-1914 Antecedents of Housing Policy 3. The Inter-War Years: The Economy, Population, Households and Housing 4. From World War II to the 1970s 5. The Growth of Owner-Occupation and of Local Authority Housing 6. Finance of Owner-Occupation 7. Local Authority Housing Finance 8. Privately Owned Rented Housing 9. Overview and Concluding Observations.
A. E. (Alan) Holmans was a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge.