For the past 18 months Lifeline Project have created and circulated a series of infographics on a range of subjects including Greater Manchester, devolution, health and social care integration, and Scotland. We have recently focused our attention on an issue that is affected by all of these: homelessness.
A report on homelessness in Greater Manchester and ‘Greater Glasgow’ based on local authority homelessness data for 2015/16 and a review of existing research and critical thinking is available via this link Homelessness in Greater Glasgow and Greater Manchester Lifeline Project
As well as presenting details of official homelessness in these two conurbations, the report also explores the differing legislation covering each country, and the needs and vulnerabilities of the people who are making homeless applications. The report concludes with a series of recommendations on what can be done to help alleviate homelessness and the poor health and well-being associated with it.
Homelessness is a blight on a country as wealthy and progressive as the UK, the victims of it are often the most vulnerable in society and it is increasing at a time when the resources available to respond to it are being stretched by ever stringent local authority budget cuts.
Homelessness is inextricably linked to poor physical and mental health and well-being, substance misuse, vulnerability and violence. This Report adheres to the view espoused by Crisis (2016) that ‘a home provides roots, identity, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional well-being. Homelessness is about the loss of all these’.
Data regarding homelessness is widely seen as inadequate, the UK Statistics Authority published an assessment of the homelessness data collated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and found that only the ‘statutory homeless figures’ could be considered ‘national statistics’ as the other homelessness related data was not robust enough and potentially misleading. This Report analyses the statutory homelessness figures and the prevention and relief activity data; the analysis is focused on this data only in order to obtain the most accurate picture possible of at least one section of the homeless population.
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Data Analysis Lead