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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2003): Homelessness - UK

HOMELESS SUFFER FOR WANT OF A GP

J Carvel

The Guardian, December 9th 2002, p.13

Thousands of homeless people are stuck in a downward spiral of ill health because they are being denied their right to register with a GP, according to a report today from the housing charity, Crisis. In a survey of homeless people, it found they were 40 times more likely than other citizens to be without a family doctor.

HOMELESSNESS AND THE FAMILY

H L Conway

Family Law, vol. 32, Dec 2002, p.911-916

Article gives an overview of the main provisions of the Homlessness Act 2002 and associated guidance from the point of view of family law. Covers definitions of homelessness, priority need, and intentionality, and summarises the extent of local authorities' duties to help.

PREVENTION AND CURE

D Blackman

Roof, Jan/Feb 2003, p.24-25

The Homelessness Act requires councils to prepare strategies by July 2003 that will ensure that prevention rather than crisis management becomes the guiding principle of efforts to tackle homelessness. Article reports on how local authorities are progressing with reviewing present services and developing strategies.

STREETS BEHIND

A Benjamin

Guardian Society, December 11th 2002, p.2-3

The article notes that while helping the homeless used to be all about beds and blankets the focus is now on lasting solutions. However, resources remain poor for tackling the key issue - drug abuse.

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