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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2005): Homelessness - UK

Final evaluation of the rough sleepers initiative

S. Fitzpatrick, N. Pleace and M. Bevan

Scottish Executive Social Research, 2005

Evaluation found statistical and qualitative evidence that the RSI programme had produced tangible reductions in the need to sleep rough in Scotland. The introduction of a flexible funding programme allowed the development of new services in areas which had previously lacked any specific provision and also enabled further development of the sector in areas with some provision. RSI was seen to have culminated in the adoption of local authority homelessness strategies co-ordinated with health and homelessness action plans and Supporting People plans. However, service effectiveness is being diminished by poor access to certain care and support services such as drug rehabilitation and by shortages of affordable housing.

The Homelessness Act 2002: is it working?

G. Sprawton, A. Sampson and D. Watkinson

Roof, May/June 2005, p.28-30

Three housing professionals give their views on the effectiveness of the 2002 Homelessness Act. One of the main causes of homelessness is the shortage of affordable housing, and the legislation has not changed this. However it has helped by introducing a more strategic approach to the problem and more emphasis on prevention. On the other hand, there are concerns that local authorities are fobbing off homeless applicants in order to meet government targets and keep the number of acceptances down. There is also some evidence that the Act is being misused a a primary route into social housing.

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