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Title: Residential mobility in the local authority housing sector in Edinburgh, 1963-1973
Author: Garner, Catherine Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0001 3491 0756
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1980
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This thesis examines the pattern and process of mobility as found in the Local Authority housing sector in Edinburgh between 1963 and 1973. The data for the study were extracted by a 10% sample of the 'records of let' held by Edinburgh City Housing Department. A profile of facts about each household was extracted every time a change of residence occurred. This provided details of the movement of new tenants into the public sector and of movement between and within estates. New tenants were found to be a combination of two distinct groups. This had consequences for the spatial pattern of moves into the public sector and influenced both the distance and direction of movement. Sectoral biases were, however, not evident for either group. The nature of estates in terms of their physical and social composition, was seen to be highly dependent on their legislative background, while these differences were reinforced by institutional constraints and biases in the allocation system. The popularity of estates was measured in terms of the number of points required for entry and only those applicants who could command high levels of points or special priorities had a chance of obtaining places in the best areas. The movement of tenants between these estates was, in general terms, one of movement towards the most popular areas, although such estates were relatively small and ii therefore unable to absorb the total demand. Spatial patterns of movement between estates were very parochial with ten sub-systems being identified. This pattern of local movement suggested that distance was an important element constraining transfers and such an influence was later confirmed. Movement at the within estate level was to more popular parts and to newer areas. Transfer tenants moving at these different levels varied in their demographic characteristics as well as in their motivations for moving. Differences in motivation were evident for all groups. Family Life Cycle influences were shown to be the most important in promoting mobility, while Involuntary reasons formed the second most important category. The reasons given for moving determined the category of need into which tenants were placed and the number of points awarded to them. This, together with the ability to wait, effectively determined their chances of obtaining rehousing in any estate. Young household heads with young families therefore tended to be concentrated in the less popular estates while older household heads were more often allocated to the more, popular areas. Throughout the study the patterns and processes of mobility were shown to be highly complex, even for such a seemingly uniform group as local authority tenants.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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