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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars

The Fall and Rise of Social Housing: 100 Years on 20 Estates

Rebecca Tunstall (University of York)

Wednesday 10 June 2020 15:30 - 17:00

This event will take place online.

About this event

This webinar summarises a new book that traces the changing fortunes of 20 council estates from the 1920s to date, looking at housing quality, crime and disorder, popularity, resident mix, living conditions and tenure. The book draws on 25 years of personal experience and an archive of interviews, statistics and social media data, developed with Anne Power of LSE and others. All 20 estates initially offered high quality and some had quite high rents, but by the 1970s and 1980s they had become unpopular and problematic. However, what were 20 unpopular council estates are now 19 fairly popular mixed tenure neighbourhoods. The research assesses the role of factors from estate initiatives to global trends on the falls and rises experienced by estates and their residents, and points out some implications for policy.

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