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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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Homelessness in Northern Ireland

This report is part of the UK homelessness monitors series and focuses on homelessness in Northern Ireland. It provides a ‘baseline’ account of the situation in 2013, spanning issues of rough sleeping, temporary accommodation, statutory homelessness and ‘hidden’ homelessness.

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International expert panel discuss welfare conditionality

Last week, the first event of the research project ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change’ took place at the University of York. This five year (2013-2018) programme[1] aims to create an international and interdisciplinary focal point for social science research on welfare conditionality, that is, the linking welfare benefits and services to ‘responsible’ behaviour.

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New report finds that 9% of adults have been homeless

The newly published Homelessness Monitor: England finds that nine per cent of adults in England have experienced homelessness at some point in their life, the highest rate of all the UK countries.

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Reflections on homelessness and welfare reform in Scotland

Last week, I had the great pleasure of speaking at Homeless Action Scotland’s 14th National Conference. Speaking alongside some the architects of Scotland’s now globally renowned homelessness legislation[i] and facing an audience of 130 practitioners was both a privilege and a foreboding task

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Seminar: China’s urban villages / medical evidence in homelessness assessments

Our next IHURER Seminar will be:

Linda Cong: ‘Urban villages’ Redevelopments in Weihai- Physical and social changes’

Dr Sarah Johnsen: ‘Reconfiguring knowledge hierarchies? The weighting of medical evidence in homelessness assessments in England Read more

Homelessness, Rights and Discretion in Scotland and Ireland

It has long been recognised that due to their substantial discretion, public sector workers play an important role in making welfare policies, not just passively implementing policies designed by governments. Drawing on her recent study which compares Scotland’s rights-based and Ireland’s social partnership approach to homelessness, Beth Watts looks again at enduring debates about the best balance between rules and discretion in the design and delivery of welfare services.

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Has the ‘Big Society’ reached the frontline of statutory homelessness services?

David Cameron’s flagship ‘Big Society’ project has been subject to much debate since its inception a few years ago, both around what it actually is, and the nature of its true agenda. A few commentators believe the Big Society represents a qualitative shift in political ideology; others take the view that it is primarily a tool to justify austerity measures. Read more

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