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Housing allowances in comparative perspective$
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Peter Kemp

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347541

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.001.0001

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The New Zealand experience of housing allowances

The New Zealand experience of housing allowances

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(p.39) three The New Zealand experience of housing allowances
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Housing allowances in comparative perspective
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David C. Thorns

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.003.0003

This chapter examines the last 20 years of debate and change with respect to the role of housing allowances within New Zealand's housing policy. The country is still predominantly a home-owning society, which the new National Housing Strategy being strongly endorsed. However, over the period under review a major reshaping was undertaken that privileged housing allowances as the form of state assistance to address problems of affordability for beneficiary and low-income households. The results were mixed. More were in receipt of such allowances after changes made in the 1990s, but housing-related poverty also increased during the 1990s, suggesting that the level of allowances and their take-up were inadequate on their own to address income deficiencies and supply problems. Some improvements have occurred since 1999 and the return to income-related rents has reduced the impact of housing on poverty.

Keywords:   housing assistance, housing policy, National Housing Strategy, poverty, New Zealand

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