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Title: Impacts of housing policy implementation in Wales for housing associations in the capacity of voluntary housing organizations
Author: Hoffman, Simon Paul
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2007
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This study examines some of the impacts of engagement by housing policy on housing associations in Wales. The research concentrates on: housing associations as voluntary housing organizations operating within the Wales voluntary sector; and, the relevance of policy implementation by Wales-national policy institutions for associations acting in this capacity. A background is developed through discussion of accounts of the voluntary sector that provide an insight into: definitional criteria and structural/operational norms for non-profit enterprise; the sector's societal function(s); operational frameworks (i.e. relevant to legal form, regulation, funding and accountability); and weaknesses that arise through the non-profit sector's reliance on government funding. In addition this study discusses aspects of the Wales voluntary sector distinct from the sector in the United Kingdom as a whole. An account is provided of the Wales voluntary sector and its role in public policy implementation, and the statutory framework supporting the sector's operation at Wales-national level. To establish a context for discussing housing associations in Wales there is a review of housing policy, focusing on the period post 1960, including a review of policy implementation in Wales. The primary research for this study is carried out on policy documents relevant to housing policy toward housing associations post 1989 (to include documents published by Tai Cymru as well as the National Assembly for Wales), and by a survey conducted on housing associations and local authorities. The findings from the survey provide insights into the relevance of housing policy and policy engagement on attitudes amongst relevant stakeholders toward housing association status within the Wales-voluntary sector, their role or roles, issues of accountability, and, the influence of Tai Cymru and the National Assembly in these areas. The survey also provides data from housing associations on the relevance and impact of policy implementation under Tai Cymru in three key operational areas, these are: development; rent setting; and, the allocation of housing. The primary research carried out allows conclusions to be drawn on the significance of housing policy implementation by policy institutions in Wales on housing associations having regard to their independence and capacity for operational discretion, and, of the relevance of accounts of the non-profit sector that highlight weaknesses arising from its engagement by public policy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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