Peter King analyses current policy and alternatives. He demonstrates that there is an overwhelming case for subsidising only the consumers of housing and for removing controls and subsidises from the providers. This would empower tenants, provide them with genuine choice and prevent housing policy from being controlled by supply-side interests.
He shows how a new system of housing benefit can be introduced to achieve the objectives of housing policy and how this approach should relate to wider reforms of the social security system. In short, argues King, the government should promote choice and thus abolish social housing.