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Describe how housing policy perpetuates social exclusion.

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Describe how housing policy perpetuates social exclusion

Social exclusion is defined as ' a shorthand term for what can happen when people or areas suffer from a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low income, poor housing, high crime environments, bad health, poverty and family breakdown' (SEU 1999). It is a key part in the Labour government's terminology in which they aim to tackle the problem of social exclusion by increasing social inclusion. The role of housing if often closely linked when discussing social exclusion and Somerville defined this role as' Social exclusion through housing happens if the effect of housing processes is to deny certain social groups control over their daily lives, or to impair enjoyment of wider citizenship rights'.

Housing policy has always had a broader remit than just that of meeting social needs. (Clapham,D - Housing and Social Policy). The policy is also related to state intervention, which occurs through in-kind provision, subsidies and regulation of the market. It is important as it provides a sense of welfare and security by meeting the basic needs of an individual; a roof over your head is a primary need. It also

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