Tackling multiple disadvantage requires prioritising reason and evidence over the lure of exciting new approaches and the inertia of established ways of working, argues Beth Watts.
Posts from the ‘Homelessness & Social Exclusion’ Category
As the Homelessness Reduction Bill passes into law, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick explains the significance of the new legislation and how it builds on previous policy developments elsewhere in the UK.
In light of impressive changes to homelessness legislation elsewhere in the UK, Scotland’s claim to be a world-leader on homelessness may be weakening. Beth Watts identifies three areas where Scotland can raise its game.
Following the publication of our sixth annual Homelessness Monitor report focusing on developments and trends in England, Suzanne Fitzpatrick asks who will house those on low incomes in the future?
Interventionist and enforcement responses to rough sleeping and begging: Opportunities, challenges and dilemmas
Sarah Johnsen summarises a recent event, organised in partnership with Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network, exploring interventionist responses to rough sleeping and begging.
Now that the Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its second reading, I-SPHERE PhD Student and practitioner Adam Stephenson considers how local authorities can best implement the proposed changes.
Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Sarah Johnsen and Beth Watts reflect on recent recommendations to strengthen the homelessness safety net in England.
Dr Filip Sosenko examines food bank use in the UK drawing on new data from the JRF-funded Destitution study.
Dr Beth Watts identifies priorities for developing services for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Scotland.
Professor Sarah Johnsen discusses the recent controversy provoked by the development of Public Spaces Protection Orders targeting rough sleepers in towns and cities across England and Wales
Professor Mark Stephens and Janice Blenkinsopp discuss the findings of their international review of young people's social security entitlements.
Research from I-SPHERE and the University of York highlights a disconnect between recognised good practice and what often happens ‘on the ground’ during the 'reconnection' of rough sleepers in England.
New I-SPHERE research monitoring of the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness has provoked a strong reaction from Government. Here, Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick responds to the Homelessness Minister's comments.
New research mapping severe and multiple disadvantage in England shines a new and striking light on centuries old debate about whether poor people owe their circumstances to structural economic factors or to moral/behavioural failings.
As the lead investigator on the ‘Overview of Food Aid Provision in Scotland’ study and the ‘Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund’, Dr. Filip Sosenko comments on a recent Westminister enquiry on food poverty.
Scotland is very unusual in granting virtually all homeless people a legal entitlement to settled accommodation. Beth Watts asks what difference such legal rights really make to experiences of homelessness.
Professor Glen Bramley discusses why he believes that from a poverty and welfare perspective, Scotland should stay within the UK.
The percentage of households falling below society’s minimum standard of living has increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling. This is one of the stark findings from the largest study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted in the UK.
Dr. Volker Busch-Geertsema has researched homelessness in both Germany and the rest of Europe for more than 25 years. In this short film, he discusses the role of social housing providers in accommodating marginalised populations.
Earlier this year, I took part in an event focusing on how lasting change for people and places in poverty can be achieved. Here is my answer - By Beth Watts.
What difference do Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to homelessness? An interview with Beth Watts
Watch an interview by Beth Watts about the difference Scotland’s legal rights to housing make to the experiences of homeless people
The installation of 'spikes' to deter rough sleepers from bedding down in a doorway in London has prompted an outcry in social media. Dr Sarah Johnsen considers the ethicality of 'designing out' rough sleepers.