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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2005): Social Housing - UK

Designing services with residents: residents leading the continuum of support services

J. Lazar

Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, June 2005, p.5-9

The Supporting People funding mechanism has enabled Bournemouth Churches Housing Association to develop a comprehensive range of accommodation and support services in partnership with the local authority and other providers. As residents' needs change, they can move into accommodation with the appropriate level of support, ranging from specialist hostels to independent accommodation.

Housing and the welfare state: the development of housing policy in Britain

P. Malpass

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

The intention of this book is to examine the housing-welfare state relationship in Britain since the end of the Second World War. The reforms that established Britain as a welfare state were part of a postwar reconstruction and a potent symbol of government commitment to the idea of building a better society after the hardship of the 1920s and 1930s. But as society and the economy have changed so have attitudes to the welfare state. Now, after years of underinvestment and privatization through the right to buy, local authority housing amounts to less than a fifth of the total housing stock. This book looks at ways of thinking about the welfare state and outlines a framework for analysing developments and changes since its creation after the war.

Maintaining tenancies: gender differences among young people living independently

J. Harding

Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, June 2005, p.25-28

Recent legislative changes mean that local authorities will be responsible for housing young homeless people aged 16 to 17. Research conducted in Newcastle-upon-Tyne suggest that young women can be over-confident about their ability to live independently and may benefit from specific advice about rent obligations and tenancy conditions. Young men were found to be much less confident about their ability to live alone, and benefited from intensive visiting support.

Neighbourly advice on community spirit

A. Klaushofer

Public Servant, issue 30, July 1st 2005, p.16-17

In a cross-cultural experiment, the Anglo-French affordable housing initiative has brought together teams of architects from Britain and France to develop innovative housing projects in both countries.

Promoting shared ownership options for people with long-term mental health problems

H. Caldicott

Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, June 2005, p.10-12

Introduces the Own Home programme run by Advance Housing and Support Ltd. This enables people with mental health problems to buy a share in a property they have chosen themselves on the open market. Advance buys the property and sells a share to the applicant, who pays rent on the remainder. Upkeep costs are covered by a service charge. The applicant can claim Income Support to pay the interest on the mortgage and Housing Benefit to cover the rent and service charge.

Review of supported housing in South West England

M. Bannan and L. Watson

Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, June 2005, p.19-24

A partnership of agencies in South West England commissioned a review of supported housing in 2004, in part to link the supply of supported housing with other strategic priorities such as health care provision and crime reduction. The review produced a new conceptual framework for the planning and management of housing and support services, with a strong emphasis on aims and outcomes, such as preventing homelessness, enabling independent living and rebuilding lives. It also brought together data on current services and identified key trends and problems to be addressed.

The Shelter Inclusion Project: piloting a new approach to addressing anti-social behaviour

A. Jones, N. Pleace and D. Quilgars

Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, June 2005, p.13-18

Shelter and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council set up the Shelter Inclusion Project in 2002 to work with households experiencing difficulty in complying with their tenancy agreements with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour and preventing eviction. The project provides a range of support to vulnerable tenants, including housing advocacy, practical assistance with decorating and gardening, support with health problems, parenting advice and support, assistance with access to education and training, and addressing children's behavioural and school attendance problems. Interim evaluation suggests that the project has been successful in that most people are still in the same tenancy and anti-social behaviour has ceased for those leaving the service.

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