The legacy of the right to buy and the differentiation of older home owners

McCall, V., Satsangi, M. and Greasley-Adams, C. (2020) The legacy of the right to buy and the differentiation of older home owners. Social Policy and Society, 19(2), pp. 225-241. (doi: 10.1017/S1474746419000320)

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This article explores older owner occupiers in lower value properties who, having acquired their home through the Right to Buy (RTB) in the 1980s, are now experiencing housing-related challenges in older age. This article outlines the views and perceptions of older owner occupiers, social landlords, voluntary groups and housing organisations to explore the legacy of the RTB. Current and future policy challenges in the area include the differentiation of home owners, difficulties of selling property with low equity in older age and the relationship between health and housing. This article calls to widen the analysis of the long-term impact of the RTB to owner occupiers in lower value properties and notes that ‘ageing in place’ goes beyond looking at people’s current house to the linked housing choices available to them. We recommend that policy support be extended to older home owners to increase housing choice in older age.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Satsangi, Dr Madhu
Authors: McCall, V., Satsangi, M., and Greasley-Adams, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Social Policy and Society
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1475-3073
Published Online:05 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2019
First Published:First published in Social Policy and Society 19(2):225-241
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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