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Posts from the ‘Homelessness & Social Exclusion’ Category

‘Changing the game’ for people with multiple needs: the role of evidence and reason

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.

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The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: An Historic Step Forward for Single Homeless People

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.

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Three priorities for tackling homelessness in Scotland

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.

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Who will house the poorest? Developments on homelessness in England

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?

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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.

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Innovation and effectiveness in a ‘cold climate’

Beth Watts argues that the growing focus on innovative responses to homelessness must be balanced with a commitment to approaches we already know work.

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Implementing the Homeless Reduction Bill: Lessons from London

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.

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Having Talked the Talk, Which Way should we Walk?

Drawing on new research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Professor Glen Bramley considers what policies would substantially reduce poverty in the UK.

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Select Committee Report misses opportunity to be radical on homelessness

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Sarah Johnsen and Beth Watts reflect on recent recommendations to strengthen the homelessness safety net in England.

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Destitution and foodbanks in the UK: new evidence sheds light on topical debates

Dr Filip Sosenko examines food bank use in the UK drawing on new data from the JRF-funded Destitution study.

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Priorities for addressing youth homelessness in Scotland

Dr Beth Watts identifies priorities for developing services for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Scotland.

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Youth homelessness in the UK

Dr Beth Watts discusses the findings of a review of youth homelessness policy and practice in the UK, identifying priorities for future service development and investment.

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Public Spaces Protection Orders, rough sleepers and media storms

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

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Social security for young people – how does the UK compare?

Professor Mark Stephens and Janice Blenkinsopp discuss the findings of their international review of young people's social security entitlements.

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The reconnection of rough sleepers: a complicated ‘game of chicken’?

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.

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Homelessness minister forced to respond to I-SPHERE research

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.

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Hard Edges cut through eternal standoff on social policy

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.

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The ‘Feeding Britain’ report: Deeper into the woods?

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.

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Having a legal right to settled accommodation empowers homeless people in Scotland

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.

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Miserable in our own way? Poverty, Exclusion, Inequality and the Scottish Independence Debate

Professor Glen Bramley discusses why he believes that from a poverty and welfare perspective, Scotland should stay within the UK.

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Scottish poverty study calls on Governments to tackle rising deprivation

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.

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Housing vulnerable and marginalised people – the role of housing providers

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.

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Tackling Poverty in the UK: the best evidence and the right perspective

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.

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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

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‘Designing out’: a callous or compassionate response to rough sleeping?

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.

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