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"There is still a perception that homelessness is a housing problem": devolution, homelessness and health in the UK

"There is still a perception that homelessness is a housing problem": devolution, homelessness and health in the UK
"There is still a perception that homelessness is a housing problem": devolution, homelessness and health in the UK
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide an exploratory account of the links between devolution, homelessness and health in the UK. Specifically, it focusses on the policy context and governance structures that shape the systems of healthcare for homeless people in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Design/methodology/approach - Empirically the paper draws on semi-structured interviews with a small sample of policy and practice actors from the devolved territories. Qualitative interviews were supplemented by a comparative policy analysis of the homelessness and health agenda within the devolved regions. Theoretically, it takes inspiration from Chaney's concept of the "issue salience of homelessness" and explores the comparative character of healthcare as pertains to homeless people across the devolved territories. Findings - The paper provides clear evidence of areas of divergence and convergence in policy and practice between the devolved regions. These features are shown to be strongly mediated by the interplay of two factors: first, the scope and scale of national and local homelessness prevention strategies; and second, intra-national variation in public health responses to homelessness. Originality/value - The paper offers considerable insight from a comparative policy perspective into the nature of healthcare provision for homeless people in the devolved regions.
Devolution, Health, Homeless people, Homelessness, Public health, Welfare
1460-8790
33-44
Whiteford, Martin
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Simpson, Glenn
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Whiteford, Martin
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Simpson, Glenn
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Whiteford, Martin and Simpson, Glenn (2016) "There is still a perception that homelessness is a housing problem": devolution, homelessness and health in the UK. Housing Care and Support, 19 (2), 33-44. (doi:10.1108/HCS-06-2016-0003).

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide an exploratory account of the links between devolution, homelessness and health in the UK. Specifically, it focusses on the policy context and governance structures that shape the systems of healthcare for homeless people in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Design/methodology/approach - Empirically the paper draws on semi-structured interviews with a small sample of policy and practice actors from the devolved territories. Qualitative interviews were supplemented by a comparative policy analysis of the homelessness and health agenda within the devolved regions. Theoretically, it takes inspiration from Chaney's concept of the "issue salience of homelessness" and explores the comparative character of healthcare as pertains to homeless people across the devolved territories. Findings - The paper provides clear evidence of areas of divergence and convergence in policy and practice between the devolved regions. These features are shown to be strongly mediated by the interplay of two factors: first, the scope and scale of national and local homelessness prevention strategies; and second, intra-national variation in public health responses to homelessness. Originality/value - The paper offers considerable insight from a comparative policy perspective into the nature of healthcare provision for homeless people in the devolved regions.

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Published date: 6 June 2016
Keywords: Devolution, Health, Homeless people, Homelessness, Public health, Welfare

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Local EPrints ID: 444796
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444796
ISSN: 1460-8790
PURE UUID: d2fca19d-b6e0-4e47-a2fd-df6f429888ab
ORCID for Glenn Simpson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1753-942X

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Date deposited: 05 Nov 2020 17:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:27

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Author: Martin Whiteford
Author: Glenn Simpson ORCID iD

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