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The matter of homelessness is deeply emblematic of this type of society Britain has turn into. What different social phenomena may well greater epitomise the tip of modernity than our seeming lack of ability to safely reply to the main easy wishes - safeguard, heat, foodstuff - of considerable numbers of our 'citizens'? Homelessness and Social coverage deals a dispassionate research of the matter of homelessness and the coverage responses it has to date invoked. by means of reviewing theoretical and felony conceptualisations of homelessness and proposing huge statistical analyses, this publication considers the influence of the event of homelessness and the coverage responses. Homelessness and Social coverage will turn out to be worthy to scholars of social and public coverage, wellbeing and fitness experiences, housing stories and sociology.

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They have normally been excluded and marginalised from mainstream society, and since the advent of the Victorian Poor Law a specialised conceptual framework and language has evolved and become embedded in English social thought. The homeless are spoken of in terms of their ‘eligibility’ for help, whether they are ‘deserving’ or ‘undeserving’, whether they have ‘local connections’, and a punitive aspect is fearfully present in the concept ‘less eligibility’. When it came to the abolition of the Poor Law in 1948 this vocabulary of social exclusion and marginalisation was carried forward into the legislative framework.

Extrapolating from this very rough estimate for London is not really possible because the data available are too limited, but even given that London has higher levels of homelessness than other areas in the United Kingdom, the numbers experiencing single non-statutory homelessness at any one time can probably be counted in the tens of thousands. Statutory homelessness It is perhaps with some sense of relief that the discussion can move on to the levels of statutory homelessness in England. At the time of writing, every local authority fills in quite lengthy returns, called the P1E, every quarter, supplying details of the homeless households it has accepted and rehoused under the 1985 Housing Act.

In a recent study, 20 per cent of authorities considered that the termination of a short-term or holiday let was intentional. Rather curiously, only 16 per cent considered mortgage arrears as an intentional act but 49 per cent viewed rent arrears in this way (Butler et al. 1994). After passing the test of eligibility, priority need and intentionality, it is generally held that the full duty of provision is due under the law. The authority may, however, make an inquiry about whether the person has a local connection with another authority and may, if so found, refer the person to this other authority provided there is no threat of domestic violence.

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