homelessness

Mental health and homelessness: planning and delivering mental health services for homeless people

Briefing that sets out the policy context around tackling homelessness and addressing the mental health needs of homeless people. It also examines what considerations need to be made when planning, designing and delivering mental health services for homeless people and highlights examples of good practice.

The art of exit: in search of creative decommissioning

This report argues that truly transformational public innovation requires creative decommissioning: actively challenging incumbent service models and mindsets to invest properly in new approaches. As public resources are increasingly precious, creative decommissioning will become a critical
capability for public services.

Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society: more opportunities, better access and higher solidarity

Policy review which focuses on situation of some specific youth groups in the European youth policy context, such as the homeless or those at risk of homelessness, migrant, ethnic minority youth and those young people with public care backgrounds.

The Scottish social housing charter

Charter that set the standards and outcomes that all social landlords should aim to achieve when performing their housing activities.

The Charter has seven sections covering: equalities; the customer/landlord relationship; housing quality and maintenance; neighbourhood and community; access to housing and support; getting good value from rents and service charges; and other customers.

Homelessness in Scotland: the 2012 commitment (2nd report, session 4)

The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee agreed to conduct an inquiry into the progress towards the 2012 commitment in order that it could feed into the preparation for the legal requirement being placed on local authorities.

This approach allowed the Committee to engage positively with local authorities, housing associations, the voluntary sector and the Scottish Government to consider the achievement of the commitment and its impact on homeless people in Scotland.

Promoting better futures through housing support

Report that highlights how 40% of current levels of public expenditure could have been avoided had there been a greater focus on helping people avoid recourse to more expensive interventions.

Keys to the future: an independent evaluation of Shelter Children's Services (England and Scotland)

An independent evaluation of Shelter's Children's Services.

In 2004, Shelter launched its Million Children Campaign to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on children and families. In response to issues highlighted by the campaign, Shelter made a proactive decision to develop a range of pilot services for children, young people and families, that could test new ways of working to prevent child homelessness and to support children who were already homeless to achieve better outcomes.

Immediate costs to government of loss of home

Paper that sets out to quantify the costs to government associated with the loss of a home.

These costs can be aggregated and used to make the case for increased funding for preventative measures (so-called 'spend to save' arguments), for the creation of protocols and procedures to reduce the risk of problems leading to loss of home, and to estimate the savings which might arise from such arrangements, as well as to help assess the impact of policy changes.

Young and homeless: a survey of services and local authorities

Research that aimed to investigate the nature and extent of youth homelessness in England, and specifically to find out:

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2011

This report comes at a time when the UK government has outlined its main policy intentions and its strategy to reduce poverty. Although the statistics presented in this report still almost entirely reflect the policies of the previous government, the Labour record is the Coalition inheritance.

This commentary discusses the implications of that record for the current government in the light of its commitments on child poverty and social mobility set out in strategy documents published in 2011.