Seminar: Housing and Impoverishment

Our next IHURER seminar will be on Wednesday 23/10/2013 by Professor Glen Bramley. All seminars start at 4.15pm and take place in WA 3.11. For a full list of seminars, click here

‘The role of housing in the impoverishment of Britain: some insights from PSE survey’

Glen Bramley (co-author Kirsten Besemer)
(Professor of Urban Studies, Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK;
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In the largest ever study of poverty and social exclusion carried out in UK (ESRC Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey 2012) it was shown that the extent of poverty and multiple deprivation has increased to unprecedented levels, worse in some respects than 30 years ago when the ‘consensual’ method of poverty definition was first applied in a national survey. This paper seeks to account for this deterioration, particularly since the comparable 1999 survey. In particular, it explores the extent to which housing costs/affordability and other housing-related factors (e.g. energy costs) have contributed to this outcome. It looks at differentials between different regions/countries of the UK, and some broader comparisons across Europe