By Patricia Kennett, Alex Marsh
This quantity assembles theoretical debates and study to discover the character, adventure and influence of social switch within the new panorama of precariousness within which new units of hazards and uncertainties have emerged. It adopts a multi-disciplinary strategy, that is necessary to strengthen a extra sophisticated realizing of either the complicated methods resulting in and the event of homelessness.
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It is the familiar list of the poor, lone parents, ethnic minorities and the sick. What are novel are the combination of processes contributing to vulnerability. These include the pressures of a more competitive labour market, the reshaping of welfare benefits and entitlements and the stresses and strains on family networks and conjugal relationships. While those processes have impacted primarily on minorities, the consequences have become more visible not only in relation to street homelessness but in relation to neighbours, friends or colleagues who may have been downsized, casualised or repossessed.
In a world where the role of the family, formal voluntary association and other formal institutional supports may be weakening, friendship networks may be playing an increasingly important role. To be friendless or to have few friends in times of difficulty may be a significant element of the divide between the haves and have nots and a major factor in social isolation. Pahl, drawing on data from the BHPS shows that, for example, “unemployed men enjoy potentially less social support than those in employment.
Arrears were also associated with that cohort of homeowners which had bought at the peak of the housing boom in 1989/90. Unemployed heads were seven times more likely to be in arrears as those in full employment. Being self-employed more than doubled the likelihood of being in arrears (ONS, pp 37-8). The same survey found that in 430,000 households, “at some time in the past, someone in the household had had to give up their home because of difficulties paying their mortgage” (p 38). Of those 430,000 people who had all been in home ownership, 147,000 were now renting from the council, 55,000 were in housing association tenancies, 92,000 were in the privately rented sector and 14,000 were no longer householders.