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Homelessness prevention in the UK: policy briefing

Fitzpatrick, Suzanne, Mackie, Peter ORCID: and Wood, Jenny 2019. Homelessness prevention in the UK: policy briefing. UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. Available at:

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There has been marked innovation and policy mobility1 on homelessness prevention since devolution. Using a five-category prevention typology (Universal, Targeted, Crisis, Emergency, Recovery) reveals how early developments in Scotland focused on Emergency Prevention - ensuring that all homeless people have an enforceable right to temporary accommodation. However, most effort has recently been expended on Crisis Prevention, whereby people at risk of homelessness within 56 days are assisted to remain or secure alternative accommodation. Legislative developments in Crisis Prevention in Wales and England have proved effective, albeit there is sometimes a gap between intentions of the law and current practice. Progress on Targeted Prevention with high-risk groups, such as those leaving prison, has been slower to develop across the UK. General homelessness risks have increased as a result of welfare reform and housing market pressures, undermining Universal Prevention. Single people sleeping rough or at risk often remain poorly protected, but there are promising policy initiatives underway, especially on Recovery Prevention

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 October 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 11:20

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