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Homelessness Projections – understanding the data

This week a report published by homelessness charity Crisis predicted stark increases in homelessness if further action is not taken. Here, Prof Glen Bramley, author of the report, takes us through some of the methodology, and difficulties in modelling homelessness.

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What will happen to levels of homelessness if we do nothing?

In 2016 around 160,000 households experienced the most acute forms of homelessness. If we fail to address homelessness this figure will reach 392,000 by 2041 reports Francesca Albanese from Crisis.

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Paid Internship Programme on Homelessness with The Oak Foundation and I-SPHERE – Deadline for applications 9th August 2017

Applications are now invited for the first round of a series of paid internships on the theme of homelessness, offered by the Oak Foundation in partnership with the Institute of Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh.

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Can homelessness happen to anyone? Don’t believe the hype

Could homelessness happen to anyone? Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick explores such claims to suggest assumptions could distract us from focusing on causes that may be identifiable, and possibly preventable.

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How can we ethically respond to rough sleeping? A four-point framework

How can society best respond to escalating levels of rough sleeping? Dr Beth Watts offers four criteria to help navigate through this extremely polarised debate.

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‘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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Five steps to make children’s rights a reality in the Scottish planning system

The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform. Here, Dr Jenny Wood identifies five ways Scottish Government can improve children’s participation in the planning process, and the environments it shapes and manages.

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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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The ‘more or less?’ quiz on ‘counting the cost of uk poverty’

Glen Bramley discusses the findings of his new Joseph Rowntree Foundation research counting the costs of poverty in the UK.

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“Brexit means Brexit”, but what does Brexit mean?

In the aftermath of the EU referendum, Mark Stephens considers what Brexit might mean in practice.

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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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The Council Tax: Why Scotland Needs a New Way to Implement Radical Reforms

Professor Mark Stephens discusses prospects for Council Tax reform in Scotland. 

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation must not be confused with the trust that aided Alistair Carmichael

Academics at Scottish universities highlight value of Jospeh Rowntree Foundation's research and policy development in Scotland.

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Can we plan for and with children?

Jenny Wood discusses how the Scottish planning system can be improved for children and young people.

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No One Said It Would Be Easy: Reforming Local Taxation In Scotland

Professor Mark Stephens welcomes today’s report on local tax reform, but warns that it is only the first step on the road to replacing the Council Tax in Scotland.

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The Coming of the Green Office Revolution?

New I-SPHERE research is the first to look at the development of the market for green offices in the UK. It sheds light on the challenges for the greening of the UK’s office stock.

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I-SPHERE research highlights impact of cuts on local services

Research conducted by I-SPHERE and University of Glasgow researchers exploring the 'cost of the cuts' used to highlight impact of budget cuts on local authority services.

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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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