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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2000): Homelessness - UK

LEAVING HOMELESSNESS BEHIND: NEW SOLUTIONS FOR A NEW AGE

S. Ghosh

Housing, Care and Support, vol. 3, Mar. 2000, p. 4-7

Crisis, the national single homelessness charity calls for an integrated national strategy to tackle the problem. The strategy would be implemented locally by multi-agency Homelessness and Exclusion Action Teams (HEATs). Success at local and national level would be measured by performance indicators set by government.

PARTNERSHIP AND POLICY NETWORK IN RURAL LOCAL GOVERNANCE: HOMELESSNESS IN TAUNTON

P. Cloke, P. Milbourne and R. Widdowfield

Public Administration, vol. 78, 2000, p. 111-133

In order to tackle the problem of 'beggars, vagrants and drunks' infesting the town centre, the local authority brokered a partnership which brought together a wide range of business, voluntary and community interests with a stake in the homelessness issue. Authors argue that the council's decision to adopt a partnership approach was motivated by a desire to limit calls on spending and to deflect public criticism, if and when things went wrong.

SCOTLAND ACTS

M. Young

Roof, May/June 2000, p. 12

The new Scottish parliament is tackling homelessness by establishing of an inclusive task force to review current policy, look at the causes and make recommendations about how homelessness can be prevented. Once legislative proposals on homelessness are made they can become law within a year, thus helping to reverse the upward trend in homelessness.

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