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Young people, housing benefit and the risk society

Kemp, P.A. and Rugg, J. (2001) Young people, housing benefit and the risk society. Social Policy and Administration, 35 (6). pp. 688-700. ISSN 0144-5596

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This paper draws on debates about the risk society to examine the impact of the "single room rent", a restriction in the housing benefit scheme that applies to single people under 25 living in privately rented housing. Drawing on qualitative interviews in six localities in England, the paper examines young people's ability to gain access to and afford privately rented accommodation while receiving housing benefit. It argues that the single room rent restriction has not only cut their housing benefit entitlement but also created more uncertainty for young people. Consequently, it has enhanced rather than ameliorated the risks faced by young people on low incomes in the private rental housing market.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2009 12:41
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2009 12:41
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9515.00261
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9515.00261
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7536

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