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

ACCOMMODATING THE HOMELESS

P Ridge

Family Law Journal, no. 17, June 2002, p. 16-18

Social services departments have been threatening to take children into care rather than assist a family to obtain housing. The Court of Appeal has ruled that local authorities have no power under Section 17 of the Childrens Act to assist families in finding accommodation. However this breaches the European Convention on Human Rights article 8 (right to family life). Local authorities can, however, use section 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 to justify provision of financial assistance for accommodation.

THE HIGH COST OF DEAD END LIVING

T Branigan

The Guardian, July 8th 2002, p. 8

Article notes that the number of homeless in B&Bs has reached record levels. More homeless households are living in temporary accommodation than ever before - 81,260, according to government figures, and almost 12,000 of those are in hostels. Those trying to help homeless people fear thousands also go unrecorded in local authority figures.

RURAL YOUTH AFFAIRS BRIEFING 2002

Centrepoint

London: 2002

Presents findings of research on the specific difficulties faced by homeless and socially excluded young people in rural areas. Results show that lack of affordable housing is the most significant issue facing homeless young people in the countryside today. There is no emergency accommodation at all for young people in nearly 40% of rural districts surveyed, and 70% of local authorities currently use bed and breakfast hotels to house them for some length of time. However four out of five local authorities stated that they regarded housing for young people as a strategic priority and partnership work across agencies exists in 70% of rural areas.

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