Poor housing prises open inequality gap

Housing poverty is the most extreme form of social inequality in
Britain, according to a new report by centre left think-tank the
Institute for Public Policy Research.

The report reveals the polarisation of housing provision has a
negative effect on school standards, crime, neighbourhoods and
public services.

The IPPR is calling for a “dramatic change” to close the growing
“equity divide” between people living in the North and the South
East and between home owners and people who rent, and to increase

The think-tank wants the treasury to set targets to reduce the gap
in growth between regions and cut the number of low-income
households in the most disadvantaged areas.

Tenants should have a greater say in where they live, with social
landlords allowed to buy homes to rent in neighbourhoods of
predominantly private housing, the report adds.

– Housing Equality and Choice from www.ippr.org

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