Changes to homelessness law and practice in Scotland, Wales and England

By: Kevin Garvey  Published: June 2016


Analysis of recent changes to homeless law and practice in Scotland and Wales, and implications for England.

Summary

Scotland and Wales have recently made changes to their homelessness legislation and practice. Some politicians, charities and commentators have talked of these changes as progressive steps towards resolving homelessness in the United Kingdom. The benefits of adopting them have also been the focus of increased media interest. Most notably, the changes, and the scope for similar approaches being adopted in England, are being considered as part of the DCLG Select Committee inquiry into homelessness. This briefing summarises the changes in Scotland and Wales, considers the evidence for success in both countries, and considers the implications of both approaches being implemented in England.

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