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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2001): Homelessness - UK

CASE THAT LEFT HOMELESS OUT IN THE COLD

S. Morris

Guardian, Nov. 28th 2000, p. 13

Two managers of a drop-in centre for the homeless in Cambridge were convicted of knowingly permitting heroin dealing on the premises in contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. This has made organisations working with the homeless more cautious and defensive when working with drug users. This is eroding the mutual trust essential for helping these very needy clients.

THE COLD SHOULDER

A. Masters

Guardian. Society, Nov. 29th 2000, p. 2-3

Case study of the impact of the government's refusal to fund emergency winter shelters on homeless people in Cambridge.

FIGURING OUT THE FACTS IN DRIVE ON BEGGING

J. Vasagar

Guardian, Nov. 7th 2000, p. 13

Reports launch of "Change a Life", the government's anti-begging campaign, amidst the publication of statistics showing links between begging and crime and drug abuse.

HOMELESS CHARITIES GET CASH WARNING

J. Vasagar

Guardian. Oct. 13th 2000, p. 14

The government's homelessness tsar has threatened to withdraw funding from charities that refuse to co-operate with her controversial campaign to discourage the public from giving cash to beggars. There is concern that beggars will turn to theft or prostitution for finance if their cash income from the public is cut off.