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Author: Jenny McNeill

This chapter examines the barriers to accessing social housing in an overstretched housing market, as well as the pressures for certain groups to behave in ‘acceptable’ ways to sustain increasingly conditional tenancies, including ‘vulnerable’ groups such as young people, formerly homeless people and those with complex needs. A discussion is included on the selection process for social housing and on exclusionary policies as well as the ongoing surveillance of tenants and their families. The consequences of ‘non-compliance’ in social housing contracts are also discussed. Social housing is explored in the context of its relationship to employment and the continued drive to get people into work, ideas of empowering communities and linked with this, notions of citizenship based on ‘big society’ values.

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