The Divisive State of Social Policy reviews one of the most contentious aspects of UK austerity politics: the `Bedroom Tax'. Combining detailed policy analysis with personal stories from one housing estate, the book traces the links between Housing Benefit reforms and inequality, and examines how the Tax has contributed to housing precarity, poverty and damage to social networks.
Focussing on the so called 'bedroom tax' this book aptly exposes the particularly cruel turn in recent policies directed towards those with the least. The book shows very clearly how grossly damaging, unnecessary and unfair policies can be completely misrepresented as necessary, just and fair. Tracy Shildrick, Newcastle University