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Inclusive housing in an ageing societyInnovative approaches$
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Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342638

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.001.0001

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The politics of accessible housing in the UK

The politics of accessible housing in the UK

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(p.76) (p.77) Four The politics of accessible housing in the UK
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Inclusive housing in an ageing society
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Jo Milner

Ruth Madigan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.003.0004

This chapter begins by charting the developments in housing policy that have shaped the regulatory frameworks for housing quality standards as well as identifying the most significant socioeconomic and environmental influences to impact on access within the context of housing quality and design. It illustrates how within the European house-building industry, significant social and economic indicators have influenced the trend towards deregulation. However, the growth of awareness of disability rights on an international scale, with disabled people increasingly calling for recognition of a model of disability which takes account of the ‘disabling’ effects of social and environmental barriers called for a trend toward reregulation and for new housing to meet the minimal standard of ‘visitability’. Further, the chapter identifies the key factors which led to the repositioning of the formerly discrete concept of ‘accessibility’ into the central debate on the future of housing quality criteria.

Keywords:   housing policy, housing quality standards, house-building industry, deregulation, disability rights

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