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Welfare Reform on the Web - March 2001

BEGGING AND ROUGH SLEEPERS

L. Casey and C. Holmes

Roof, Jan/Feb 2001, p.16-17

Presents the case for and against the government's "Change a Life" campaign, which aims to persuade people to give money to voluntary agencies, rather than to street beggars.

HOMES BILL

London: TSO, 2000 (House of Commons bills 2000/01; 5)

Requires local authorities to develop a strategy to prevent homelessness and to provide better support for those who become homeless. Also strengthens the duty and protection owed to those who become unintentionally homeless and are in priority need such as care leavers, ex-servicemen and ex-prisoners.

HOMES BILL GETS THUMBS UP FROM CHARITIES

M. Hunter

Community Care, no.1354, 2001, p.8-9

Bill extends the definition of "priority need" for access to social housing to include 16 and 17-year olds, care leavers, ex-prisoners, people leaving the armed forces and people fleeing violence. Reinstates the requirement for councils to find permanent accommodation for homeless families. Other measures include giving people in temporary accommodation more time to choose permanent homes, proposals for all local authorities to develop action plans to prevent homelessness, and removal of restrictions on local authorities ability to use their own housing stock for temporary accommodation.

NO TURNING BACK

S. Nickalls

Roof, Jan/Feb 2001, p.28-31

Reports that Glasgow's large-scale hostels for the homeless are to be closed down over the next five years and residents transferred to smaller units linked to support services.

STATE OF HEALTH

M. Young

Roof, Jan/Feb 2001, p.10

The death of a homeless man in Glasgow has focused attention on the failure of mainstream health services to meet the needs of the homeless community. Contrasts the position in Glasgow with the situation in Edinburgh where specialist provision is available.