Times, Dec. 20th 1999, p.16
Comments on the government's emphasis on counselling and moral re-education in its initiatives to help rough sleepers, who are defined as being either mentally ill or alcoholics.
Daily Telegraph, Dec. 17th 1999, p.10
Reports the views of homeless charities on the difficulties of integrating rough sleepers back into society.
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Rough Sleepers Unit.
Proposal to get rough sleepers off the streets include:
Roof, Jan./Feb. 2000, p.9
Explain that the government's strategy for reducing rough sleeping by two thirds by 2002 includes provision of counselling, education, and training, as well as increasing the number of hostel beds.
SCOLAG journal, Nov. 1999, p.156-157
This Scottish Bill is an ambitious measure that seeks to establish a speedy procedure with power to the courts to consider personal circumstances and the need to prevent homelessness before allowing people to be evicted for rent arrears or mortgage default. It will also ensure that local authorities provide permanent and suitable accommodation for homeless people.
Guardian, Dec. 17th 1999, p.23
Government plans to tackle homelessness will include offering beggars a roof, long term treatment, a job and reintegration into society. While this may help the majority of rough sleepers, a minority of misfits will probably remain on the streets. Their freedom to do so must be respected, however, disconcerting society finds it.