Marginalisation, Grenfell Tower and the voice of the social-housing resident: a critical juncture in housing law and policy?

Helen Carr, Dave Cowan, Ed Kirton-Darling
2022 International Journal of Law in Context  
AbstractThis paper draws on historical institutionalism to consider the impact of housing-policy responses following the Grenfell fire on the marginalisation of the social-housing resident. We consider three specific policy responses: reform focused on conditions of rented properties; the social-housing White Paper; and building regulation and building-safety reforms. We suggest that, in historical institutionalist terms, each is part of a matrix of reform in which understandings of the
more » ... ousing resident play a critical role. We argue that rather than the fire provoking a paradigm shift in the recognition that government accords to the ignored and stigmatised citizens who live in social housing, the policy initiatives to date indicate a much more limited adjustment of policy within a normal frame. We suggest that this is because housing policy is dominated by a consumerist ideology that is self-reinforcing and ignores the social, economic and political complexity of tenure.
doi:10.1017/s1744552322000088 fatcat:ervrmncrlngolb6pwvovy6xmim