Involving the private sector in affordable housing provision: Can Australia learn from the United Kingdom?

Berry, M, Whithead, C, Williams, P and Yates, J 2006, 'Involving the private sector in affordable housing provision: Can Australia learn from the United Kingdom?', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 307-323.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Involving the private sector in affordable housing provision: Can Australia learn from the United Kingdom?
Author(s) Berry, M
Whithead, C
Williams, P
Yates, J
Year 2006
Journal name Urban Policy and Research
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 307
End page 323
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The focus of this article is to clarify the preconditions for the successful leverage of private investment to help both maintain and expand the affordable housing stock in Australia. To do this we examine a range of initiatives that have enabled such leverage in the UK and explore the lessons that can be drawn for Australia from this experience. The article provides an overview of UK experience since the 1980s and, from this, identifies the key factors that have both contributed to and constrained the expansion of affordable housing in the UK. It signals the key barriers and emerging challenges for the continued operation of this system of affordable housing provision in the UK and draws out the lessons, both positive and negative, that might help determine what is needed in Australia in order to fulfil the stated objective of the current Commonwealth State Housing Agreement-namely, to attract significant private investment into the provision of affordable housing. The concluding section addressing what might be done to increase the potential for leverage in the Australian situation, in the context of this policy goal.
Subject Public Policy
DOI - identifier 10.1080/08111140600876851
Copyright notice © 2006 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research
ISSN 0811-1146
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