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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2002): Homelessness - UK

BREAKING THE CYCLE

H. George

Housing, November 2001, p.38-39

People can lose their homes due to domestic violence, debt, intimidation and mortgage repossession. The problem of homelessness could best be tackled through a combination of a more strategic, multi-agency approach by local authorities and better support services to prevent homelessness occurring in the first place.

HOMLESSNESS BILL: REPORT TOGETHER WITH THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT AND AN APPENDIX.

Joint Committee on Human Rights

London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2001/02; HC 314).

Considers whether clause 13 of the Bill which would prevent a local housing authority from allocating accommodation to four groups of people, infringes the Human Rights Act 1998. Concludes that it does not.

LABOUR ACCUSED OF "MASSAGING" DROP IN HOMELESS

P. Waugh

Independent, Dec 4th 2001, p.11

The Prime Minister has announced a record drop in the numbers of people sleeping rough and the creation of a new Homelessness Directorate to co-ordinate a strategy. However some outreach workers have claimed that the figures have been falsified to allow government to meet its target.

(See also Daily Telegraph, Dec 4rd 2001, p.14; Times, Dec 4th 2001, p. 9; Financial Times, Dec 4th 2001, p. 7; Guardian, Dec 4th 2001, p.11).

ROUGH SLEEPERS UNIT "IS FIXING FIGURES"

T. Branigan

Guardian, Nov. 24rd2001, p.2

Homelessness workers have accused the Rough Sleepers Unit of falsifying its twice-yearly count of the street population in order to meet its target of reducing numbers of people sleeping rough by two-thirds by 2002. The RSU allegedly moved rough sleepers off of the streets for the night of the count and falsified results

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