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Re-Toxifying The Rentier

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Outside the blogosphere I am Professor of Public Policy and Head of the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. My research interests encompass UK housing policy; housing economics and housing markets; the economics of social and public policy; public management; and theorizing the policy process.

I'm not sure the taxpayer is getting value for money if this is the kind of thinking Professors of Public Policy are paid to produce:

Central London may become, if it isn’t already, an exclusive enclave of the super-rich. It is one thing for the low paid workers who keep the city running to have to be bussed in from Brent. It is a different type of problem if they’ve all had to move to Birmingham to find somewhere affordable to live.

A Sunday afternoon spent travelling around the central London boroughs will tell you who lives there now: the super-rich who pay for their own housing, and the poor who are being housed there by the state. The middle classes are the ones who have been spatially segregated out.

And if Starbucks wants people to work in its central London locations, maybe it should pay them enough to live closer than Birmingham rather than relying on the state to house its workforce.

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