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    Levels of rough sleeping have escalated rapidly in recently years, with reports of deaths on the street now increasingly common. The strong presence of homelessness-related commitments in all of the major UK political parties’ 2017 manifestos is welcome, but does little to dispel intense controversy over how best to intervene in this area. At the most basic level, responses to rough sleeping can be distinguished by whether they explicitly seek to alter or ‘control’ the behaviour of homeless people (‘interventionist’ responses) or not (non-interventionist responses). Interventionist responses include the use of ‘force’, such as arresting people for begging, rough sleeping […]
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    Friday sees a Homelessness Reduction Bill before Parliament, sponsored by the MP Bob Blackman. It has the support of the Commons Select Committee and it expands the duties of local government and the categories of people eligible, calling for earlier interventions to prevent homelessness. What implications does this have for the difficult cases of complete homelessness and health? Health breakdown is a consistent cause of homelessness and, when it affects the main income earner, it can take a whole family into homelessness. We know about the economic signals (unemployment or benefit cuts) and legal signals ( eviction or end of […]
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